Karen Elowitt

  • 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.

  • The Best Safari Lodges Outside Kruger National Park

    luxury safari lodges By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    When planning a safari in South Africa the first place that comes to mind is usually Kruger National Park. While there are some amazing lodges and accommodation options within the park, Kruger attracts big crowds, which can often restrict your game viewing experience. The alternative is find lodges outside Kruger National Park to stay in. These incredible lodges offer the best of both worlds: a breathtaking setting, and close proximity to — or a location within — a private game park.

  • 10 Fair Trade Shops In Africa You Need To Visit

    fair trade shops in africa By Karen Elowitt, 9:57 am

    Whether you’re shopping for curios, the latest women’s fashions or just local crafts during your trip to Africa, it pays to buy fair trade sourced items. Knowing that your purchase will help to enrich the lives of local African artisans and communities — instead of factory owners in China or multi-national corporations — will give you a sense of personal satisfaction and also make the continent (and world) a better place for all. Luckily there are hundreds of fair trade shops in Africa, which we’ve provided a sampling of here.

  • 15 of The Most Incredible Deserts in Africa

    deserts in africa By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    Desert are underrated. They suffer a bad reputation as places of crippling heat, hostile to life, and devoid of redeeming characteristics. But we shouldn’t disrespect the desert, because it is so much more than that. From the Sahara to the Kalahari to the Namib, the truth is that Africa’s deserts are full of stunning geological formations, unique animals, hardy plants, and sweeping dunes. Here’s a roundup of 15 of the most stunning deserts in Africa, which will surely make you reconsider your opinion of deserts.

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About African Acacia Trees

    acacia trees By Karen Elowitt, 10:08 am

    Acacia trees are without a doubt the most iconic trees in Africa (besides baobabs, a close runner-up). The subject of countless thousands of silhouette sunset photos (like the one above), this picturesque tree is inextricably linked with vast African savannas and epitomizes the seeming exotic-ness of the continent. But how much do you really know about the acacia — which, incidentally, is not just one species? Read on for some fascinating and crucial facts about acacia trees.

  • 8 Moroccan Hotels Where You Can Literally Sleep In the Dunes

    moroccan hotels By Karen Elowitt, 9:39 am

    The allure of the Moroccan desert is hard to resist, especially for those confined to high rises in cold places. It’s an enticing prospect to spend a week as a wandering nomad under big skies with looming terracotta dunes. If you’re headed to the desert, why not sleep there and explore it? Here are 8 Morocco hotels where you can literally sleep in the dunes — or in an actual brick-and-mortar room, if that’s what you prefer.

  • 11 Johannesburg Restaurants That Put Meat Lovers First

    johannesburg restaurants By Karen Elowitt, 6:00 am

    South Africans love to eat meat, and aren’t picky about what form it comes in, whether it be beef, pork, lamb, springbok, prawns, chicken or seafood — in fact, the joke about Jozi is that there’s a meat lovers’ restaurant on every corner. So the next time you’re out with your non-vegetarian friends and start craving something meaty, try one (or more) of these 11 Johannesburg restaurants that put meat lovers first.