Karen Elowitt

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About African Acacia Trees

    acacia trees By Karen Elowitt, 5:00 pm

    The acacia is without a doubt the most iconic tree in Africa (besides the baobab, a close runner-up). The subject of countless thousands of silhouette sunset photos (like the one above), this picturesque tree is inextricably linked with vast African savannas and epitomizes the seeming exotic-ness of the continent. But how much do you really know about the acacia — which, incidentally, is not just one species?

  • Airline Assessment: Qatar Airways From Joburg to Doha, On The ‘Dreamliner’

    By Karen Elowitt, 4:27 am

    In the sixth installment of our monthly flight review series, AFKTravel’s editor flies economy class on Qatar Airways and the Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ for the first time, during the first leg of her recent journey from Johannesburg to Miami. Here she dishes on whether the plane lives up to the hype.

  • Where To Drink Craft Beer In Gauteng

    craft beer By Karen Elowitt, 6:03 am

    If you’re a craft beer aficionado, you’ll go to great lengths to get your fix. Luckily in Gauteng, you don’t have to search too hard for a quality micro-brew. These seven places have each made their mark in the South African beer world, both for their brews and ambiance. Just leave the driving to someone else if you do stop by.

  • A Day In The Life Of Soweto

    soweto By Karen Elowitt, 8:00 pm

    Though it’s often overlooked by tourists, Soweto, which is home to 40% of Johannesburg’s population, is a microcosm of South Africa. With over one million residents, it’s a trendsetter in politics, language, music, dance and fashion. Here are some scenes from daily life in Soweto, encompassing the colorful and drab, rich and poor, exuberant and restrained.

  • 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.