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Thalefang Charles
Photojournalist
Twitter: @thalefang
Instagram: @thalefang.charles
  • Brad Bestelink: A lifetime of natural history storytelling

    Brad Bestelink is a modern-day bushman. The Okavango Delta has been his home ever since he was born there 44 years ago. His parents were pioneers in the photographic safari industry, replacing their guns with cameras. Bestelink found his passion and...

  • Nthomiwa: A new generation of nature filmmakers

    Nthomiwa is currently working as a videographer at Natural History Film Unit (NHFU). It has been two years living in the wilderness and his name already features in the credits of the Netflix Originals film titled Surviving Paradise: A Family Tale,...

  • Surviving Paradise: A Family Tale

    According to the producers, the material for the film was captured between June 2019 and July 2021 in the Okavango Delta. This was the period when the Okavango experienced some of its extreme drought, in 2019 when the annual flood did not reach Maun...

  • Panda: Meeting point of Old Hunters’ Road, Old Cattle Trail

    One version says Pandamatenga was named after a renowned elephant hunter called ‘Mutenga’ who used a strategic spot by the bush around the Mpanda trees (rain trees) near the river as his favourite hunting base. As this version of the story goes,...

  • The lesser known face of Panda

    The first is a legend told by the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) recruits. Their Panda sounded like a great adventure. We used to listen in equal measure of disgust and admiration to the gory and funny stories told by the fresh-out-of-war-school...

  • 'You got to see beauty in the field'

    He started from humble beginnings with the bailing of grass and selling to the government through the Livestock Advisory Centres (LAC) that subsidised feed for farmers during drought years.When asked as to what keeps him here in the bush while he...

  • BPC's relentless trees destruction condemned

    According to environmentalists working in the area, most of the trees are cut at their bases, which effectively kills them.Some of the trees are natural heritage since they were there before Batawana settleed in Maun.One of the environmentalists who...

  • A tribal showdown: Khama vs Masisi vs uncles vs morafe

    Throughout the Masisi-Khama rivalry, the uncles had remained quiet. Customarily, Khama must first approach his uncles whenever he has problems. They are regarded as his main advisors and their role is to guide the kgosi throughout his reign. They are...

  • Glimpses of life in the heart of a desert

    If one takes the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) map and points right at the middle of it, that is the general location of Matopi Campsites. It is one of the remotest campsites in the country. It is literally in the middle of nowhere.There is not...

  • Kgalagadi in full bloom, getting there..

    Just after Malotwane before Mosaditshwene in the early hours of Sunday, Bakgatla are deep and lost in their tradition: the annual Christmas Dikhwaere, the choral festivals that go through the night and day. I make a mental note that one day I should...

  • How to make a lion famous

    The idea of writing a feature article about some snip tailed male lion came into my mind in December 2020. Although it was mainly an excuse for me to travel, I believed it was going to be an important story that should change the local tourists’...

  • Smoke over Phikwe triggers fond memories

    Last Sunday afternoon, many people in the town watched with nostalgic admiration and hope, as smoke rose out of the BCL Mine area. The smoke could be seen over 20km away from Phikwe. The black smoke spewed from the mine’s tailings dump fused with a...

  • Dancing in the rain: Phikwe nightlife remains resilient

    The drinking holes are the heartbeat of the town’s social lifestyle. It is there that one can hear stories about the state of life and times of any town. On a rainy Sunday night, the Mmegi news crew barhopped through the nightclubs and speakeasies...

  • Another Dramatic Kgosi Arrest

    This was after an ambiguous judgement left both the defence and prosecution lawyers arguing outside the court over what the court decision meant for Kgosi’s prospects of freedom. Amid the confusion, Kgosi left the court premises before the security...

  • Masisi leaves Serowe divided, confused

    The reactions of Teko and Tebo Thokweng, twin brothers from Sebina ward in Serowe could sum up President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s highly charged meeting in Serowe on Tuesday. Both are Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) activists, but at the Serowe Kgotla,...

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