Karen Elowitt

  • 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa That Will Blow Your Mind

    unesco world heritage sites in africa By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    Since its inception in 1978, UNESCO has designated 129 World Heritage Sites in Africa, in 37 different countries. Ranging from cultural monuments, to wilderness conservation areas, to archaeological sites, these remarkable attractions are given funding and personnel to ensure their maintenance and protection. The following are some of the most remarkable UNESCO sites in Africa, which should be on your bucket list if they’re not already.

  • 11 Memorable Train Journeys in Africa

    train journeys in africa By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    The train is not the most popular — nor the most efficient — way to travel in Africa, but its aura of faded bygone glamour makes it a must for those who are fans of slow travel. Yes, there are quicker ways to get from point A to point B in Africa, but these noteworthy train journeys in Africa remind you that when you travel, it’s the journey, not the destination, that matters.

  • Where To Have The Best Wildlife Experiences In Africa

    wildlife experiences in africa By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    Africa’s legendary wildlife is one of primary reasons visitors come to the continent. From the ‘Big Five’ to the smallest insects, Africa’s forests, oceans and plains contain a bounteous array of distinctive and awe-inspiring creatures found nowhere else on Earth. Here’s where to have the best wildlife experiences in Africa, no matter what type of creatures you’re interested in, be it bats, whale sharks, butterflies, or tree-climbing goats.

  • 10 Nigerian Festivals You Should Know About

    nigerian festivals By Karen Elowitt, 10:05 am

    Nigerians are a celebratory people, and as a result love to put on festivals. Whether it’s to venerate ancient traditions, promote literacy, celebrate the arts, or fishing, there’s a corresponding festival. This roundup of 10 of the best and most fascinating Nigerian festivals will show you a slice of life in Nigeria.

  • 15 Gorgeous South African Birds

    south african birds By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    South Africa’s got over 800 species of bird, many of them indigenous, making it one of the best birding destinations on the planet. Here are 15 gorgeous South African birds that twitchers seek out while on bird-watching expeditions in he country’s forests, mountains, wetlands, plains and deserts.

  • Take A 30-Minute Tour Of Accra, With The Africa Channel

    tour of accra By Karen Elowitt, 9:33 am

    For many, Accra is a city of opportunity. In this 30 minute tour of Accra from our content partner, The Africa Channel, see how various Ghanaians are finding their place in the worlds of commerce, style and sports. Learn how dressing for success is the key to getting ahead, and admire the accomplishments of Isaka Isa, a champion boxer who runs his own street boxing academy for kids.

  • 10 Things To See And Do In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

    By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    Though it’s been wracked by civil war for years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly known as Zaire) is slowly coming back to a place of stability and peace (as of early 2014), with the help of UN peacekeepers and other efforts. This is great news for travelers, because there is so much to see and do in this vast, mostly undiscovered nation in the heart of Africa. Intrepid travelers can explore the rugged rainforest, see active volcanoes, track endangered gorillas, and marvel at the rich diversity of flora and fauna.

  • 10 Pictures of African Sunsets We Can’t Stop Looking At

    african sunsets By Karen Elowitt, 8:37 am

    We see a lot of pictures of African scenery every day. Some are rather ordinary; many are quite memorable. But every once in a while we come across a few that are simply breathtaking. So without further ado, here are 10 photos of African sunsets — and one sunrise — that we simply couldn’t keep our eyes off of.

  • Photo Essay: The Doors of Stone Town, Zanzibar

    doors of stone town By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    Bet you didn’t know that doors could be more than just functional pieces of hardware. Well, the magnificent carved and gilded doors of Stone Town, Zanzibar are beautiful, ornate pieces of living art that reflect the city’s Arabic, Indian and African influences. Click through to see more of the incredible doors of Stone Town.

  • Beautiful Bo Kaap, The Most Picturesque Neighborhood In Cape Town

    bo kaap By Karen Elowitt, 8:41 am

    There are many reasons the colorful Cape Town neighborhood of Bo Kaap is so popular with tourists and photographers — it’s scenic, historic and walkable. Originally settled by Muslims of Cape Malay descent, its mosques, museums, brightly-hued houses and views of Table Mountain make for a perfect afternoon of exploration. Here are a few photos that illustrate the visual feast that is Bo Kaap.