Karen Elowitt

  • Tips for Tipping on Safari

    By Karen Elowitt, 4:43 pm

    It’s a reality that tipping has become a ubiquitous aspect of Africa’s safari industry. As is customary in many other places in the world, it is done to show appreciation for a job well done. But it is also a source of much debate, irritation and confusion. Giving too little might be seen as an insult. Tipping too much might make you a target for financial gain. Here is a guide to how much, who and when to tip when on safari in Africa.

  • Knowing The Nile: How To Enjoy Africa’s Longest River

    By Karen Elowitt, 1:46 pm

    The Nile river travels almost 7000km before emptying out into the Mediterranean Sea, passes through five countries, and provides a water source for half a dozen more. It launched arguably the world’s most complex ancient civilization, inspired a troupe of explorers as well as an Agatha Christie novel, and has been the center of geo-political disputes for decades. On top of all of this, the world’s longest river is also a travel icon and exploring its currents and banks makes for an awesome African adventure.

  • 10 Reasons You Don’t Need To Worry About Ebola If You’re Going To Africa

    By Karen Elowitt, 5:19 pm

    If you think heading to Africa on vacation in the midst of an Ebola outbreak is a crazy idea, think again. The Ebola virus is actually limited to a very small part of a very large continent, and it’s quite hard to catch. So if you are planning a trip to Africa, don’t let your own paranoia or media reports scare you — the chances of getting the disease are slim to none.

  • Google Street View Showcases Ancient Egyptian Sites

    pyramids in egypt By Karen Elowitt, 9:25 am

    While Google Street View isn’t available for many cities in Africa, several wonders of ancient Egypt can now be viewed via the popular online service. In total, six Egyptian sites, including the Great Pyramids of Giza, were documented in 2013 by Google’s Trekker technology (a backpack with a camera affixed to the top). Some of the other sites include the Hanging Church, the Great Sphinx of Giza, and the Pyramid of Khafre.

  • Namibia’s Best Lodges For Families

    family safari By Karen Elowitt, 1:39 pm

    Hitting the road with kids presents challenges. Especially in a sparsely populated country such as Namibia, where the distance between destinations is vast and lots of time is spent inside a vehicle. Which is why it’s important to choose a lodge which offers a range of activities, and is more than just a stopover. This can help to ease road trip tension, and ensure everyone has a great holiday.

  • Tourists Gain Access To ‘Cradle Of Humankind’ Excavation Site

    fossil excavation By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 pm

    Tourists in South Africa will soon get access to the Cradle of Humankind’s Malapa excavation site, where a new hominid species was discovered four years ago. Visitors will be able to view the site within the next 6-8 weeks from a viewing platform above the excavation. Malapa is situated within the Cradle of Humankind heritage site and located 45 kilometres (28 miles) northwest of Johannesburg.

  • A Day In The Life of a Wildlife Ranger: A Chat With Warden Emmanuel Koech

    kenya-ranger By Karen Elowitt, 12:38 pm

    Warden Emmanuel Koech is a wildlife ranger for the Kenya Wildlife Service. Over the course of his career has worked in six different national parks across Kenya, where he spends much of his time monitoring wildlife habitats and tracking down poachers. AFKtravel.com recently had the chance to talk with him about his favorite parks, close encounters with poachers and lions, and how he was inspired as a child to protect wildlife.

  • 10 Amazing Food Festivals in South Africa

    By Karen Elowitt, 3:21 pm

    South Africans not only love their food, but love to share their love of food by having festivals in its honor. Whether it be cheese, wine, olives, cherries, or crayfish, there is a food festival to celebrate it. Here we’ll tell you about 10 food festivals in South Africa that should be on every foodie’s bucket list.

  • Stargazing Experience Now Available At Vic Falls Safari Club

    By Karen Elowitt, 9:48 am

    Zimbabwe’s big sky, clear weather and low light pollution make it the perfect place to get a glimpse of the galaxy. Victoria Falls Safari Club is capitalizing on these natural assets by offering complimentary stargazing for guests of the lodge. Read more about the stargazing experience at Vic Falls Safari Club on AFKTravel.com.

  • Botswana To Introduce Tourist Train

    By Karen Elowitt, 3:57 pm

    Botswana Railways plans to introduce a tourist train that will run from Botswana through Zimbabwe and Zambia. Officials believe the train will boost local and international tourism to the region. In addition to helping tourism, the train is projected to bring funds to cash-strapped Botswana Railways.