Karen Elowitt

  • 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.

  • Color Not Required: 10 Amazing Photos Of South Africa In Black and White

    south africa in black and white By Karen Elowitt, 8:25 am

    Sometimes seeing a place through a different lens can alter your perception of it entirely. In these stunning photos from around South Africa in black and white, the textures, patterns, shadows and forms of the country’s landscapes and creatures come through in an entirely different way without the kaleidoscope of color that normally informs our outlook.

  • Photo Essay: The Penguins Of Boulders Beach

    penguins of boulders beach By Karen Elowitt, 9:35 am

    Is there any animal more photogenic than the penguin? We think not. Which is why we have devoted a whole slideshow to the cute critters, specifically the inhabitants of Boulders Beach, near Simons Town, South Africa. The African penguin (Spheniscus demersus), lovingly referred to as the “jackass” penguin, only lives in the waters of South Africa and is currently classified as endangered. Here are 10 amazing photos of the penguins of Boulders Beach doing what they do best — being cute — plus some silly captions.

  • Take A 30-Minute Tour Of Dar Es Salaam

    dar es salaam By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    Welcome to Dar es Salaam, the third-largest city in Africa! Once a quiet fishing town, “the harbor of peace” is now a sprawling, socially diverse mecca and an economic powerhouse. But there’s still a ton of fish, particularly in the frenetic fish market, which makes an appearance in this video on AFKTravel.com.

  • Photo Essay: Daring To Explore The Danakil Desert

    danakil desert By Karen Elowitt, 9:52 am

    The Danakil desert of northeastern Ethiopia and southeastern Eritrea is one of the planet’s most extreme environments. Despite the hardship involved with getting there and getting around, a growing number of adventurous tourists are visiting the Ethiopian side of the Danakil. Stuart Butler joined them in order to see what was drawing them there.