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Awry Aussie tourist killed by elephant

Namibian government confirms man was not camping in designated area

An Australian tourist has been killed by an elephant while camping in Namibia, according to the country’s government. 


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In a post on Facebook, the African nation's Ministry of Environment and Tourism said the man had been camping outside of a designated camping area when the incident occurred.


"Sadly today the Ministry received a report that a tourist was killed by an elephant," the statement 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.


“It has thus far been established that the area in which the group of tourists were camping is not a designated camping site.”


The statement added that a police/MET investigation into the “very unfortunate” and “highly regrettable” incident was continuing.


“Among other things we also want to establish if the tourists were guided by a tour guide,” it said.


“The Ministry wishes to reiterate our call to our very welcome tourists to always be cautious and adhere to the rules and regulations put in place for their safety.


“Finally, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the bereaved family and friends of the deceased.”


According to the Namibia Tourism Board, the Kunene region is home to one of only two types of desert elephants in the world.



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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 8 November 2019

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