News & Features by Alexis Kelly

  • 11 Cape Town Travel Tips for World Cup and Beyond

    Whether you're traveling to Cape Town for the World Cup, or are inspired to go from the mesmerizing views of nearby Table Mountain you're sure to see, here's how to maximize your trip.

    Posted by Alexis Kelly on June 09, 2010 at 9:12:10 AM EDT Tagged: South Africa, Cape Town
  • 5 Tips for Staying in Johannesburg Before Your Safari

    Tourism is likely to increase once the world sees how much South Africa has to offer. While the spotlight will be on Capetown these next few weeks, Johannesburg is a fantastic jumping-off point for safaris and many other South African attractions. Here's how to make the most of your time there.

    Posted by Alexis Kelly on June 07, 2010 at 5:08:39 PM EDT Tagged: South Africa, Johannesburg
  • What to Ask Your African Safari Specialist Before You Commit

    After months or even years of planning, the moment has finally arrived-- you've chosen your safari operator and it's time to send them the deposit. But wait!! Who are these people, really, and can you trust them? Below is our list of essential questions to ask before you make your final commitment.... If you think we've missed any, please feel free to jump over to the forums thread and add your own.... 1. Do you handle Africa exclusively?... 2. How many years have you been selling tours in Africa?... 3. Are you or any of the staff native to the continent?... 4. To which professional organizations do you belong? For example, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) or the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA)?... 5. Has your company received any accolades or awards relating to Africa?... 6. Can you provide a reference list of past clients?... 7. How often do you and your staff visit Africa?... 8. Have you ever visited Africa yourself?... 9. What sort of support do you have in Africa?... 10. Do you charge a...

    Posted by Alexis Kelly on November 14, 2008 at 9:31:52 AM EST
  • Tanzania: Tips for First-Timers

    Fodor's editor Alexis Kelly had always dreamed of going to Africa— so as the editor of the first edition of Fodor's The Complete African Safari Planner, taking a trip to Tanzania seemed like a no-brainer. Here she shares her experience of visiting Africa for the first time, as well as some of the tips she learned while traveling. Why Tanzania? I picked Tanzania because it has great game, great parks, luxury accommodations, and beautiful beach destinations. Until recently it was also cheaper and less visited than its neighbor to the north. Since the violence that occurred in December in Kenya, Tanzania may be more expensive than Kenya, but it's safe, beautiful, and open for business. It's also home to some of the most coveted tourist destinations in the world: Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar, the Rift Valley, Lake Victoria, Tanganyika, and Mt. Kilimanjaro. What game did you see? Lions and elephants and hippos, oh my! We saw it all (except for rhinos and leopards) and wanted

    Posted by Alexis Kelly on June 24, 2008 at 4:35:52 PM EDT
  • So Many Lighthouses, So Little Time

    A great way to see some of the best lighthouses on the East Coast...

    Posted by Alexis Kelly on August 08, 2007 at 11:58:59 PM EDT Tagged: New Jersey, Maryland
  • World's Wackiest Festivals

    Here are a few festivals you've probably never heard of, and with good reason...

    Posted by Alexis Kelly on May 24, 2007 at 11:59:51 PM EDT
  • In the Grand Canyon, the Skywalk Opens

    A cantilevered structure in the Grand Canyon allows visitors to stand on glass 4,000 feet over the Colorado River....

    Posted by Alexis Kelly on March 19, 2007 at 11:58:54 PM EDT