My name is Karina Robin and I am a passionate wildlife & travel photographer. I created this platform to share some images I took during my many trips.
Originally from Germany, I have now lived in Brussels, Belgium, for more than 20 years. Already my father was a semi-professional photographer, working for the German navy. I think I just followed my genes and my destiny when I retired early some years ago to fully live my passion. Like everybody else, I started with simple point-and-shoot cameras. When this was no longer sufficient I bought my first bridge camera, a Panasonic Lumix. Then came the first DSLR, soon changed against a better model, then another one …. For some time I definitely suffered from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). I am very happy now with my present set-up and it's not likely that I will change it anytime soon.
I have travelled extensively within Europe, Africa, Asia and South East Asia, the Near and Middle East and the Caribbean, both for work and for pleasure.
But my happy place is anywhere in South Africa, as long as it is in the bush !
Like for so many of us the COVID-19 pandemic has turned my travel plans for 2020 and most of 2021 upside down.
However all of that changed in August 2021. Full vaccination made life so much easier and so I flew for a two weeks roundtrip to Kenya - visiting Tsavo East, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru NP and the Masai Mara. It was like nature wanted to show me her beauty all in one trip, my sightings were nothing short of mind-blowing!
More on this you can find in my travel journal (which is unfortunately not up to date yet).
In November and December 202I I went on a three week road trip through the whole Kruger Park with a friend, from Crocodile Bridge to Pafuri.
Travelling in 2022 started for my in March with a trip to the quite unknown (and underrated) Tankwa Karoo and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa and Botswana. I have already seen quite a lot of nature and game reserves but the Kgalagadi is definitely an absolute gem! Just the incredible landscape beats it all. We expected a semi-arid area with lots of the famous red dunes. But after the heavy rains in January and February the Kalahari put on her best dress for us - the dunes were covered to a great extent with beautiful grasses and colourful flowers - a rare sight.
In August I am going to Brazil to discover the Mata Atlântica - the Atlantic Rainforest -, then the Pantanal, and finally the Iguaçu Waterfalls and Park. In November I'll be finally back in South Africa for a long roadtrip from Cape Town along the West Coast, ending with more visits to Augrabies and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It will be brutally hot but it's the one of the best times for wildlife watching in that area.