Karen Elowitt

  • 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.

  • Photo Essay: Art Deco And Art Nouveau In Asmara, Eritrea

    asmara-pharmacy By Karen Elowitt, 9:45 am

    Back in the 1930s, Asmara was the most modern and fastest-growing town in Africa. An Italian colony since 1890, immigrant residents put their stamp on the city in the form of the avant-garde architecture that was popular in Europe at the time. As a result, the town (now the capital of Eritrea) has a frozen-in-time quality to it; though the Italians have long since gone, they left behind Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings that rivals any found elsewhere in the world, from New Zealand to Israel.

  • The Best Boutique Hotels In Durban

    Oyster Box Hotel By Karen Elowitt, 9:12 am

    Boutique hotels are hot right now, and Durban’s got some of the best in South Africa. Scattered among the leafier lanes and suburbs of the city, these 10 hotels offer the intimacy that comes from fewer rooms, personalized service, and distinctive rustic colonial style that you just can’t get with a larger more impersonal place. So take a look and consider one of these lovely boutique hotels in Durban on your next visit to the sunshine city.

  • Photo Essay: A Day In The Life Of Lagos, Nigeria

    By Karen Elowitt, 9:23 am

    Lagos is a city of extreme poverty and great wealth; gleaming skyscrapers and low-rise shantytowns; frenetic traffic and leisurely beaches; beautifully vivid murals and decrepit, rusty shipwrecks. So take a few minutes out of your day and go with us on a visual tour of Lagos, Nigeria, and get an overview of what day-to-day life looks like in the big city, away from the well-traveled tourist trail.

  • 10 Of The Best Green Spaces And Parks In Johannesburg

    delta-park By Karen Elowitt, 10:11 am

    Though Johannesburg has a reputation as a dusty concrete jungle, few realize that it’s actually one of the largest urban forests in the world, with over 10 million trees. In addition to numerous leafy neighborhoods sandwiched between blocks of skyscrapers, there are hundreds of parks, reserves and gardens scattered throughout the city.

  • 10 Photos Of Durban That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

    umhlanga pier durban By Karen Elowitt, 10:35 am

    The light, landmarks and energy of Durban lend themselves well to photography. Come along on a visual tour of this sultry South African city, the largest in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Durban is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Prepare for your jaw to drop.

  • What Not To Do (And Say) On A Safari

    alternative safaris By Karen Elowitt, 9:51 am

    If you’re a safari newbie, you should know that going on safari is not as simple as hopping in a Jeep and zipping around snapping pictures. There’s a certain etiquette involved, which ensures that you, your fellow safari-goers, and your guide all have a good time. So we’ve compiled a quick guide to what NOT to do on safari, and what NOT to say.