Karen Elowitt

  • 10 Photos Of Reunion That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

    reunion chillies By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 pm

    If you picture exotic plants, green mountains with jagged peaks, serene waterfalls, charming coastal towns, and sunny beaches, then you’ll have a pretty good idea of Reunion. And while there’s nothing like visiting in person, these photos of Reunion will give you an idea of what it is like and are sure to make your jaw drop.

  • 10 Photos Of Egypt’s White Desert That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

    africa's deserts By Karen Elowitt, 9:26 am

    White Desert National Park, which is located about 45km north of the oasis town of Farafra, gets its name from the giant, surreal rock formations made from white chalk. These stark limestone monoliths, which were carved by sandstorms over thousands of years, contrast sharply with the brilliant orange dunes.

  • Editor’s Picks: My Favorite Sushi Restaurants In Johannesburg

    By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 pm

    As a big fan of sushi, AFKTravel’s editor was eager to see what Johannesburg had to offer in that department when she moved there last September. Since then she found that while Joburg is not a world-class sushi city, it’s got some offerings that are not too shabby — especially considering that the city is nowhere near an ocean. Here are some of her favorite places, so far.

  • A Photo Tour Of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans

    By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 am

    Botswana’s 80,000-square-kilometer Makgadikgadi Pans is a wilderness like no other place on Earth. Heat mirages destroy your sense of space and direction, especially when shimmering in the scorching temperatures of a late summer day. However, if the winter sees a heavy rain, bright green grass sprouts and wildlife like zebra, wildebeest and flamingos flourish.

  • VIDEO: 30 Minutes In Zanzibar

    30 min in zanzibar By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 pm

    In this video from AFKTravel’s content partner, The Africa Channel, spend a few minutes exploring the spice markets, beaches and winding alleyways of Zanzibar, the number one island destination in East Africa. This video is a five-minute excerpt of the 30-minute program, which can be viewed in its entirety on The Africa Channel on cable TV in the US.

  • Restaurant Spotlight: Greedy Buddha, Durban

    greedy buddha durban By Karen Elowitt, 4:00 pm

    Recently relocated from Durban North to its own digs next to the Gateway Mall in uMhlanga, Greedy Buddha offers a mix of tapas, dim sum, soups, noodles and salads. Chef Rutger Eysvogel creates edgy combinations of ingredients, textures and flavors presented test kitchen-style, whimsically arranged on avant-garde dishware and garnished so that they look fit for a museum.

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

    acacia trees By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 pm

    The acacia is without a doubt the most iconic tree in Africa (besides the baobab, 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?

  • Airline Assessment: Qatar Airways From Joburg to Doha, On The ‘Dreamliner’

    By Karen Elowitt, 4:27 am

    In the sixth installment of our monthly flight review series, AFKTravel’s editor flies economy class on Qatar Airways and the Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ for the first time, during the first leg of her recent journey from Johannesburg to Miami. Here she dishes on whether the plane lives up to the hype.

  • Where To Drink Craft Beer In Gauteng

    craft beer By Karen Elowitt, 6:03 am

    If you’re a craft beer aficionado, you’ll go to great lengths to get your fix. Luckily in Gauteng, you don’t have to search too hard for a quality micro-brew. These seven places have each made their mark in the South African beer world, both for their brews and ambiance. Just leave the driving to someone else if you do stop by.

  • A Day In The Life Of Soweto

    soweto By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 pm

    Though it’s often overlooked by tourists, Soweto, which is home to 40% of Johannesburg’s population, is a microcosm of South Africa. With over one million residents, it’s a trendsetter in politics, language, music, dance and fashion. Here are some scenes from daily life in Soweto, encompassing the colorful and drab, rich and poor, exuberant and restrained.