Karen Elowitt

  • Friday Funnies: A Little South African Taxi Humor

    By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 am

    An elderly South African pastor dies and is waiting in line at the pearly gates. Ahead of him is a young guy who’s dressed in sunglasses, a loud t-shirt, leather jacket and jeans. St. Peter says to the younger man, “Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you into the Kingdom of Heaven?” The guy replies, “I’m Sipho Mlangeni, taxi driver, from Soweto, South Africa, sir.” St Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the taxi driver, “Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

  • Jet Around The Continent Quickly And Cheaply With The ‘Go Africa Pass’

    By Karen Elowitt, 9:00 pm

    If you want to see a number of African destinations on a single trip but don’t have the time to travel overland — and don’t have the funds to buy separate tickets on a bunch of different airlines — then consider the Go Africa Pass from the Sky Team airline alliance. The pass, which was launched in 2012, gives you access to 45 destinations in Africa via Kenya Airways, for up to 75% less than standard fares, depending on your itinerary.

  • 10 Budget Hotels In Durban You Should Know About

    botany-bay-lodge-durban By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 am

    The abundance of super-cheap hotels and B&Bs in Durban means that’s it’s entirely possible to afford a quick weekend getaway in the city, even if you’re on a tight budget. Though the following budget hotels won’t necessarily pamper and indulge you with loads of extras, you’ll be safe, comfortable, and well taken care of — and you’ll have enough money left over to enjoy the sights, sounds and sea in Durban.

  • Photo Essay: Scenes From Watamu, Kenya

    watamu fish By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 pm

    One of Kenya’s best laid-back coastal vacation spots, Watamu wins tourists’ hearts with its spectacular scuba diving, mysterious ruins and rock formations, and perfect sunrises. Here are some fantastic photos to help you understand Watamu’s unique appeal.

  • Where To Find Romance And Rejuvenation In Victoria Falls

    tongabezi dinner By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 pm

    Adrenalin junkies love Victoria Falls, but adventure is not all this marvelous place has to offer. Victoria Falls and the Zambezi river are also divine locations for a peaceful, rejuvenating vacation that allows couples to feel the romance while enjoying the quieter pleasures of the region.

  • 10 Things To Do And See In Soweto

    By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 pm

    Soweto — an acronym for South-Western Township — is a culturally rich area on the southwestern periphery of Johannesburg that is home to 40% of the city’s population. Once dismal and depressed, Soweto is now a bustling destination in its own right with many important landmarks, historical sites, and cultural opportunities –and it is THE place to go to in order to really learn about apartheid.

  • Kayaks And Caipirinhas: 72 Hours In Northern Mozambique

    medjumbe By Karen Elowitt, 10:28 am

    Mozambique’s Quirimbas archipelago has become something of a holiday hotspot in recent years, as well-heeled vacationers bypass the now-familiar resorts near Maputo, Inhambane and Vilanculos in search of more off-the-beaten-path destinations. This 250km-long string of 32 islands starts near Pemba and extends up almost to the border of Tanzania. Remote, beautiful and wild, the islands have been growing more popular recently, but are still refreshingly quiet and uncrowded.

  • 6 of Southern Africa’s Best Eco-Lodges

    By Karen Elowitt, 6:00 pm

    Almost every lodge these days seems to be “eco-friendly,” asking guests to re-use towels and providing bio-degradable soap, for example. However, genuinely claiming the title of eco-lodge involves more than just toiletries. Southern Africa has some of the world’s best eco-lodges. These are the kinds of places you want to be spending your money at: just by travelling there you’re helping to preserve the environment.

  • A Photo Tour Of Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression

    extreme places in africa By Karen Elowitt, 12:47 pm

    Ethiopia is home to one of the hottest, lowest, and least livable places on Earth, as well as one of the eeriest. The Danakil Depression, straddling Ethiopia and Eritrea, is a place where three tectonic plates converge in a land of volcanoes, salt lakes, and otherworldly rock formations. The few inhabitants who live in the region rely on salt mining to get by. The unwelcoming

  • 5 Reasons South Africa Is A Bargain Holiday Destination

    By Karen Elowitt, 8:37 pm

    The only pricey part of a South African vacation is getting there. If you have to take a long-haul flight from your home country, start saving up now (though there are deals to be had) — but otherwise it’s a very affordable place for a holiday. Here are five reasons that South Africa is an affordable vacation destination in terms of lodging, activities, and transportation.