Karen Elowitt

  • 10 Uniquely South African Souvenirs To Grab Before You Leave The Country

    south african souvenirs By Karen Elowitt, 6:00 am

    Part of the fun of visiting another country is buying a keepsake to remind you of your trip. And South Africa is not lacking unique foods, beverages and knick-knacks that will be appreciated for years to come — or that will impress your friends and family back home. Here are 10 uniquely South African souvenirs to grab before you leave the country, from tasty rooibos to quirky ceramic art.

  • The Story of Kriolu, The ‘Unofficial Official’ Language Of Cape Verde

    kriolu By Karen Elowitt, 9:42 am

    While the official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese, most people speak Kriolu in their homes and on the street. Kriolu is the “unofficial official” language of Cabo Verde. Its origins are ancient, dating back to the 15th century. Kriolu was at first a pidgin language, based on Portuguese, in which business was conducted. Africans who were brought to Cabo Verde as slaves used the pidgin, which then developed into a fully formed “creole” language. When the slave trade ended, Portuguese remained the official language of Cabo Verde and even today it is used in classrooms, the government, and in the media.

  • Makgadik-WHAT? A Guide To Pronouncing African Place Names

    By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    How good is your knowledge of African place names? Even seasoned travelers — and flummoxed locals — can find them to be confusing and impenetrable. Some basic advice: If the name is not English in origin, the rules of English pronunciation don’t apply. So don’t try to apply them! But don’t worry, we’ve got a handy guide to some of the more well-known (and a few obscure) African place names, which will be easily rolling off your tongue in no time flat.

  • Luxe On The Rails: Three Days On Rovos, From Durban To Pretoria

    By Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm

    We pulled up to the train after dark, dusty, tired and sunburned, but happy. The reason we were late: an elephant out for an evening stroll on the main road out of the game reserve had blocked our exit. This was but one of the highlights of the afternoon’s Nambiti excursion, a three-hour game drive. We also saw giraffes loping through the grass within meters of our Jeep, lions lounging on a distant hillside, and a family of hippos frolicking in a mud pool.

  • 10 Photos Of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

    kgalagadi giraffe By Karen Elowitt, 10:03 am

    Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which straddles the border between Botswana and South Africa in the lower Kalahari, is one of the most remote, beautiful places in southern Africa. The park, which comprises Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, is packed with wildlife that gathers around the rare watering holes, and scenery that will dazzle even the most jaded traveler. Click through for just a taste of what you can see in Kgalagadi.

  • VIDEO: Keep Your Windows Rolled Up When You Encounter Lions In The Wild

    endangered species protection for African lions By Karen Elowitt, 9:12 am

    Unfortunately, some safari park visitors don’t have a lot of common sense when it comes to wild animals, and get lulled into a false sense of security. This video from Kruger Sightings offers a prime example of why you should always leave your windows UP when viewing lions in the wild, even if they look harmless. Although these the tourists weren’t hurt, if the lions were so inclined they could have easily inflicted much damage on the occupants of the car.

  • 15 Photos Of Kigali That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

    By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 am

    Ringed by lush mountains and criss-crossed by winding boulevards, Kigali is one of the most attractive and dynamic cities in east Africa. It’s burdened by a violent past, but is nothing but forward looking 20 years later. Prepare for your jaw to drop as you dive into these photos of Kigali and discover just how picturesque and striking the city is — even the scenes that provide a reminder of darker days.

  • The Best Luxury Lodges On The East African Gorilla Trail

    By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 pm

    On the east African gorilla trail, luxury travellers may struggle to find accommodation that meets expectations. Unlike Kenya or South Africa, where there is an abundance of premium safari accommodation, the luxury options in Rwanda and Uganda are rustic at best. However, there are a handful of establishments where you can still feel pampered and have most of the comforts you desire. Here are the most luxurious lodges in Rwanda and Uganda that can be used as a base for gorilla trekking.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Muscles In On Campaign To Terminate Poaching

    Campaign to Terminate Poaching By Karen Elowitt, 1:27 pm

    Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, aka The Terminator, wants to help save African elephants in a new campaign to terminate poaching. He’s putting his name, skills and acting reputation to use in front of the camera in a U.S. Wildlife Conservation Society video. The 96 Elephants campaign was created to draw attention to the 96 elephants killed every day in Africa.

  • 3 Places To Stay — In Style — In Whale-Watching Country

    Birkenhead house By Karen Elowitt, 10:02 am

    The small town of Hermanus in Walker Bay, located 2 hours out of Cape Town, is the self-proclaimed whale watching capital of the world. Considering its size, it certainly packs a punch when it comes to luxury accommodation, with some of the Western’s Cape’s finest five star hotels located in this area. Here are the best luxury hotels to use as a base when whale watching near Hermanus.