Karen Elowitt

  • Do Wildebeest Hunt In Packs? Wildlife Guide Talks About Human And Animal Behavior On Safari

    human and animal behavior on safari By Karen Elowitt, 5:09 pm

    Wildlife photography is all about being able to read animal behavior, says James Suter, a photo and video safari guide based in Cape Town. “We often chuckle at what clients say,” he told he told AFKTravel. Like “’Do wildebeest hunt in packs?” African wildlife guides are careful to not criticize humans unaccustomed to the wild. “Everyone who goes on safari wants to see a kill, then the most gruesome kill occurs in front of them and half the vehicle is in tears or wants to leave. Or we’ll come around a corner and see lions, and the guests will cower and hide.”

  • 10 More Fantastic Vintage Photos Of Africa

    more fantastic vintage photos of Africa By Karen Elowitt, 12:01 am

    In the 1920s when this photo was taken of a Xhosa man with a pipe, the South African government was busy reinforcing the foundations of apartheid. The government reserved skilled work for whites and denied black workers the right to organize. Legislation in the Natives Urban Areas Act of 1923 entrenched urban segregation and controlled movement by means of pass laws. The hated pass laws were designed to force blacks into labor and to keep them at wage levels that suited white employers.

  • Beach Holidays In Africa: The Best Places For Sun and Surf

    best beach holidays in Africa By Karen Elowitt, 7:08 am

    African travel is not only about safaris. It’s also a great place for a beach holiday, which can mean a remote island hideaway, an urban beachfront, or a lakeside retreat. Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh is known as world-class beach destination. Tourist friendly resorts, warm water and wide beaches are popular with Europeans just a one- or two-hour flight away. For a less touristy experience, head to the Sinai’s hippie-ish enclave of Dahab. It’s less developed.

  • Honoring Rangers: The Unsung Heroes Who Help Fight Rhino Poaching

    Kruger Park rangers By Karen Elowitt, 6:00 pm

    Rangers may be the only thing between rhinos and extinction. South Africa’s Kruger National Park is home to 90 percent of the world’s rhino population, and that’s where most of the poaching occurs. The park is larger than the Netherlands, mostly undeveloped, has few roads, and shares a border with Mozambique. All these make it difficult to patrol. Hundreds of rangers risk their lives every day to save rhinos. As poachers get bolder and more heavily armed, the chance of rangers getting involved in armed contact has risen from 2 percent up to 60 percent.

  • 10 Photos Of Egypt’s White Desert That Will Amaze You

    By Karen Elowitt, 1:32 am

    White Desert National Park, which is located about 45km north of the oasis town of Farafra, gets its name from the giant, surreal rock formations made from white chalk. These stark limestone monoliths, which were carved by sandstorms over thousands of years, contrast sharply with the brilliant orange dunes. Enjoy this visual journey through White Desert, an otherworldly place that will mesmerize, haunt and amaze you.

  • 10 Zimbabwean Festivals You Should Know About This September

    By Karen Elowitt, 7:47 am

    Zimbabweans do love their festivals, and come September/October, the country positively explodes with music, dance, theater, poetry and crafts. Hundreds of artists descend on Zimbabwe from across Africa and abroad to show off their talents — and show revelers a good time. Here are 10 of the best festivals, with apologies to the many excellent events that did not get included!

  • How To Not Get Mugged In Johannesburg

    mugged in johannesburg By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    Everyone knows that Joburg isn’t for wusses. Like any big city, caution needs to be exercised when exploring the streets of Johannesburg – but there’s no need to be paranoid. Here is some (often humorous) advice on how to not get mugged in Johannesburg — which could be used in dodgy parts of New York, London, or Berlin, for that matter.

  • Peaks Of Fire: 10 Awe-Inspiring African Volcanoes

    african volcanoes By Karen Elowitt, 6:00 am

    African volcanoes can be found all across the continent and its islands, from the west coast of Cameroon to the highlands of Mauritius. Among them are some of the most active volcanoes in the world, which serve as reminders that though the continent of Africa is ancient, from a geological perspective it is still young and being formed in front of our eyes. Here are 10 of the greatest volcanoes in Africa.

  • Londolozi Celebrates Leopards On Its 90th Birthday

    By Karen Elowitt, 12:56 pm

    In celebration of its relationship with leopards and for the second phase of its 90th birthday celebration, Londolozi Private Game Reserve in South Africa decided to create and dedicate a memoir to the animals that it all began with: Leopards! Click here to watch a video about the leopards of Londolozi and learn more about the leopard video archive they’ve put together.

  • Back Off, Baby! Elephant Mother Loses Her Cool With Calf [VIDEO]

    elephant mother By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    Watch as an elephant mother gives a stern warning to a calf who tries to nurse from her, without her consent! We’re not sure if it’s her own baby that’s getting too old to nurse or another female’s baby that’s trying to sneak a drink, but either way, she lets out a pretty fierce roar and puts the embarrassed calf in its place.