A 59-year-old Australian tourist has been killed by an elephant in Namibia.
The Australian national was killed in the Huab River in the Kunene region that was not designated for overnight stays on Thursday, November 7th.
The country’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), confirmed the 59-year-old man’s death in a Facebook post.
“Sadly today the Ministry received a report that a tourist was killed by an elephant,” the post read.
“The ministry has since confirmed that a 59-year-old Australian national man was killed in the Huab river, Kunene region where a group of tourists were camping this morning.
“This is a very unfortunate incident and highly regrettable.”
“We wish to express our sincere condolences to the bereaved family and friends of the deceased.”
The department described the incident as “very unfortunate” and “highly regrettable”, but also said tourists needed to adhere to rules and regulations around interacting with wildlife and camping in parklands.
“Among other things, we also want to establish if the tourists were guided by a tour guide.
Authorities are working to establish whether the group was travelling with a tour guide at the time of the attack
According to Muyunda an investigation by the Namibian Police and MET on the incident is underway and will continue. “Among other things we also want to establish if the tourists were guided by a tour guide,’’ he added.