Karen Elowitt

  • 4 Animal Sanctuaries You Need To Visit In South Africa

    sanccob-penguins By Karen Elowitt, 12:19 pm

    South Africa is practically synonymous with wildlife — you simply cannot leave the country contented without visiting a park or reserve where animals roam. But why not also visit a sanctuary, and contribute to the care and rehabilitation of some of these magnificent creatures?

  • The Best Time(s) Of Year To Go On Safari

    items to bring on safari By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 am

    The question “when is the best time to go on safari in Africa” has almost as many answers as there are parks and reserves on the continent. Though there are some trends — for example, between June and October most places in southern Africa are a sure bet, and most of east Africa is good from June-October and also January-March — there are also major exceptions to these “rules.”

  • Airline Assessment: Cathay Pacific From Hong Kong To Joburg

    By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 pm

    In the fourth installment of AFKTravel’s monthly flight review series, Richard Holmes checks out Cathay Pacific’s Business Class cabin — one of the best in the sky — from Hong Kong to Johannesburg. If you’re headed to Africa from the west coast of the United States, it’s nearly as quick to head west and connect through Hong Kong as it is to fly east.

  • AFKTravel Buying Guide: Essential Camping Gear For Africa

    By Karen Elowitt, 10:11 am

    If you’re planning a trip to Africa, you gotta have the right gear. And that’s especially true when you’re heading out into the wilderness on a camping adventure. From picking the right sleeping bag to choosing the perfect grill for braai-ing, here’s our buying guide for all the essential camping gear you need in Africa.

  • 7 Photo Safaris You Should Know About

    photography safari By Karen Elowitt, 5:20 pm

    There’s no point going on a once-in-a-lifetime safari in Africa, only to come home with a bunch of blurry, over-lit, too-far-away photos to remember it by. This is why if you’re at all serious about photography, you should consider going on a specialist photo safari.

  • Adorable Overload: 15 Photos Of Lion Cubs, Just Because

    By Karen Elowitt, 5:19 am

    Who doesn’t love baby animals? Well if you don’t, you’ll want to skip this slideshow, because it’s chock full of playful lion cubs from the Kalahari to the Masai Mara doing what they do best — being cute.

  • Editor’s Picks: 6 Favorite Restaurants In Johannesburg

    shanghai hinabe By Karen Elowitt, 5:36 am

    The editor of AFKTravel reviewed more than 65 restaurants in her first three months in Johannesburg. She’s still got a long way to go before she’s eaten at ALL the restaurants that are worth trying, but she has already found a few favorites. Here’s her shortlist of places that she regularly goes back to, even when she’s not paid to.

  • 9 Exotic And Unusual Restaurants In Africa

    the rock zanzibar By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 pm

    Sometimes you get tired of the same old same old when it comes to dining out, and you want a night out someplace a little different or unusual. Well, the following places allow you to to break out of your rut and dine with sharks, or in a tree, or even in a plane!

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

    honorary rangers By Karen Elowitt, 4:23 am

    Hundreds of rangers risk their lives every day to save endangered rhinos in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. As poachers get more bold and more heavily armed, the chance of rangers getting involved in armed contact with them has risen from 2% to 40-60% over the last few years. Without the correct training and equipment, their task would be impossible.

  • Two Days And Two Nights At De Hoop Nature Reserve

    de hoop starfish By Karen Elowitt, 4:00 am

    Though it’s only three hours from Cape Town, De Hoop Nature Reserve truly feels like it’s in a different universe. 1500 plant species, 260 bird species, and 86 mammals make their home in the reserve, which offers rustic accommodation at various price points.