Karen Elowitt

  • 11 Photos Of Cairo That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

    American University in Cairo Egypt, www1.aucegypt.edu By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 pm

    Whether you consider Cairo to be intriguing or infuriating, sublime or stinking, there’s no doubt that it’s picturesque. The following photos illustrate just what a city of contrasts Cairo is. From orderly mosques to gridlocked traffic, from neon lights to faded mosaics, it’s hard to keep your eyes off this frenetic, dynamic city. Here are 11 photos that prove it.

  • Where To Find Luxury — With A Touch Of Adventure — In The Seychelles

    By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 pm

    One of the only downsides of the Seychelles is that there is very little to see in terms of sightseeing, so you’ll have to find other ways to entertain yourself. Fortunately, there are a few places which offer options for adventure lovers, while not compromising on the luxury people expect from the island’s high-end resorts. Here are the top three luxury adventure resorts in the Seychelles.

  • Where To Get Great Ethiopian Coffee In Addis Ababa

    By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 pm

    Since Ethiopia is the ancient birthplace of coffee, it makes sense that coffee culture is a big aspect of life in the capital, Addis Ababa. There are all types of coffee shops that cater to all types of tastes and preferences, from authentic old-school joints, to modern American-style emporiums. But wherever you go, you’re bound to get a quality cuppa joe, and meet loads of Ethiopians who are as enthusiastic about coffee as you are.

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Giraffes

    giraffes at water holes in etosha By Karen Elowitt, 10:19 am

    Giraffes are the type of animal you can’t take your eyes off. These incongruously fascinating creatures are primarily known as acacia-eating African savanna dwellers, but few people know much more than that. Which is why we want to fill you in on some fun facts about giraffes, because there is so much more to know!

  • 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.