We got the fabulous opportunity to interview the Instagram Reel Queen, Karolina Norée.
Karolina was born and raised in Sweden, but in 2018 she relocated to South Africa to pursue her ambition of working full-time in wildlife photography.
She is currently employed and residing at a game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park, where she spends all of her spare time honing her photographic skills. Besides being a full-time wildlife photographer, Karolina also has curated some great viral trends that have been populating social media.
Cute baby hyena | Photo Credits: Karolina Norée
One of her most popular trends that went viral recently is the “Behind the scenes reel”, this reel is aimed to show the massive difference between wildlife photographs from behind the scenes compared to how the photographs turn out in the end (after editing and whatnot). This trend attracted several photographers and ended up getting Karolina a whopping 2.3 million views.
Without further ado, we got to ask Karolina some questions that we thought might interest readers and these were her answers:
How did you get into travel blogging/writing?
I got into travel photography through my love of wildlife and South Africa.
Dangerous Stare | Photo credits: Karolina Norée
I loved spending time in the bush looking for wild animals, and then to be able to capture magic moments with a camera was a huge plus!
What makes travelling to Africa different to travelling anywhere else?
What makes travelling Africa so different is that there is just so much to see.
Shy Baboon | Photo Credits: Karolina Norée
Everything from culture and food, to incredible landscapes and wildlife, to beaches etc. there is honestly anything for anyone.
What is your best travel tip you always give people?
My best travel tip is to make sure you spend enough time in the place you visit, there is just so much to see that a couple of days is not enough.
If you could visit one more place in Africa, where would you go and why?
If I could visit one more place in Africa it would be the Ngorongoro crater because of the incredible wildlife you can see there.
Have any mishaps ever happened to you on the road? What was the most notable?
A lot of mishaps have definitely happened while on the road. One time our car broke down in a small little town, and we had to spend about 10 days there waiting For it to be fixed.
A broken King | Photo Credits: Karolina Norée
That obviously took time out of our schedule so we were quite upset that we were going to have to skip a few planned stops to catch up. However, we ended up being able to explore the little town and the landscapes around it, which was absolutely incredible!