Karen Elowitt

  • 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.

  • 10 Fabulous Vacation Villas In South Africa

    vacation villa By Karen Elowitt, 9:00 am

    Even if you can’t afford luxury living 365 days a year, consider this: at the current dollar-rand exchange rate, vacation homes in South Africa are much more affordable for the American traveler than vacation homes in many other places. They’re some of the most charming, dynamic properties on the continent, and they’re more fun than a hotel — especially for families or groups of friends.

  • How To Take A Minibus Taxi In South Africa

    By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 pm

    Most tourists avoid minibus taxis when in South Africa, mainly because they are not as user-friendly as taxis or city buses, and have a reputation for being unsafe. But if you’re the intrepid type, it could be worth learning the ropes, especially if you like to get to know the locals, and want to save a LOT of money — shared taxis are dirt cheap compared to private taxis, especially when you are going long distances.

  • All Aboard! Journey To Magaliesburg On A Vintage Steam Train

    steam train to magaliesberg By Karen Elowitt, 10:00 am

    Train buffs looking for a fun day trip from Johannesburg should consider an excursion to Magaliesburg with Reefsteamers, which operates a vintage train to this lovely valley about 48 miles (77 km) from the CBD. Departing from Park station, the journey takes about five hours round trip, and includes a couple-hour stop for picnicking and shopping. AFKTravel’s editor recently went on this trip, and got both more — and less — than she was expecting. Click here to read her full account of this fun day trip.

  • A Photographic Tour of De Hoop Nature Reserve

    de hoop nature reserve By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 pm

    I recently got the chance to experience De Hoop Nature Reserve, a beautiful, remote 36,000-hectare World Heritage site located about three hours from Cape Town. Nature is the star attraction at De Hoop, which boasts 1500 plant species, 260 bird species, and 86 types of mammals. Here is a short photo tour of the reserve, encompassing both the natural bounty of De Hoop and photos of some of the accommodation options.