Karen Elowitt

  • A Tour Of Imbizo Shisanyama, Johannesburg

    By Karen Elowitt, 10:00 pm

    In the Zulu language, “shisa nyama” means “burn meat,” but in South Africa it’s also a term used to describe an informal barbecue or “braai” where meat is grilled on an open flame. Many places take it a step further and have created full-fledged restaurants around the concept, such as Imbizo Shisanyama at Busy Corner in Tembiso township, just north of Johannesburg.

  • The Mother City’s ‘Secret Season’: Visiting Cape Town In Winter

    By Karen Elowitt, 9:49 am

    Called the “secret season,” winter is actually a great time to visit the Mother City: There are bargains at some top hotels, great whale watching, and wine country is at its greenest then. It doesn’t rain all the time; even during the wettest months of June and July, rain often comes at night, and days can be brisk but sunny. It won’t really feel that cold if you’re used to winter in, say, Chicago or New York.

  • 10 More Fantastic Vintage Photos Of Africa

    Zulu-woman-playing-piano By Karen Elowitt, 5:21 pm

    It’s time again to take a trip back to a different era, to see what Africa looked like before electricity, huge cities — or even travelers! These 10 fantastic vintage photos of Africa are from AFKTravel’s Throwback Thursday archives.

  • The Zambezi River, In 15 Spectacular Photos

    By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 am

    For centuries, the only people who got a glimpse of the mighty Zambezi river were locals and intrepid explorers. Fortunately now it’s easy for anyone to book a trip and see it for themselves. Here is a photo essay of the incredible sights you can expect to see along the Zambezi River.

  • Luxury Accommodation Options on the Zimbabwe Side of Victoria Falls

    By Karen Elowitt, 2:55 pm

    Zimbabwe is back on the tourist map these days – not that Victoria Falls ever completely fell off it – and hotels and restaurants on the Zim side of the “Smoke that Thunders” are seeing high occupancy rates again. And while there are hotel options for all budgets in this bustling and very safe* town, the luxury digs are the way to go.

  • Meet South Africa On These 15 Walking Tours (And One Running Tour)

    running in cape town By Karen Elowitt, 11:00 pm

    South Africa is best explored on foot, so pull on your most comfortable shoes and immerse yourself in the country’s streets and trails. In doing so you’ll learn a bit about the culture and history, and get the opportunity to shop or meet locals in a township. Here are 15 excellent walking tours in South Africa, from Cape Town to Durban, and beyond.

  • 4 Animal Sanctuaries You Need To Visit In South Africa

    sanccob-penguins By Karen Elowitt, 12:19 pm

    South Africa is practically synonymous with wildlife — you simply cannot leave the country contented without visiting a park or reserve where animals roam. But why not also visit a sanctuary, and contribute to the care and rehabilitation of some of these magnificent creatures?

  • The Best Time(s) Of Year To Go On Safari

    items to bring on safari By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 am

    The question “when is the best time to go on safari in Africa” has almost as many answers as there are parks and reserves on the continent. Though there are some trends — for example, between June and October most places in southern Africa are a sure bet, and most of east Africa is good from June-October and also January-March — there are also major exceptions to these “rules.”

  • Airline Assessment: Cathay Pacific From Hong Kong To Joburg

    By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 pm

    In the fourth installment of AFKTravel’s monthly flight review series, Richard Holmes checks out Cathay Pacific’s Business Class cabin — one of the best in the sky — from Hong Kong to Johannesburg. If you’re headed to Africa from the west coast of the United States, it’s nearly as quick to head west and connect through Hong Kong as it is to fly east.

  • AFKTravel Buying Guide: Essential Camping Gear For Africa

    By Karen Elowitt, 10:11 am

    If you’re planning a trip to Africa, you gotta have the right gear. And that’s especially true when you’re heading out into the wilderness on a camping adventure. From picking the right sleeping bag to choosing the perfect grill for braai-ing, here’s our buying guide for all the essential camping gear you need in Africa.