A 59-year-old Austrian tourist has been killed by an elephant while on a camping trip in Namibia. The incident occurred at an undesignated camping site on the Huab river in the Kunene region of northwestern Namibia.
"This is a very unfortunate incident and highly regrettable," a statement of the southern African country's Ministry of Environment and Tourism said. "We wish to express our sincere condolences to the bereaved family and friends of the deceased." The Austrian was traveling with a small group with his wife and four friends. Namibia is home to more than 20,000 elephants and despite the attraction this represents visitors to the country are warned to "be cautious and adhere to the rules and regulations put in place for their safety."
The statement said the man's group had not been camping in a designated camping area. The Kunene region is home to one of only two known groups of desert elephants in the world, according to Namibia's tourism board. Elephants can become dangerous in certain condition. Police are investigating whether the group was with a tour guide at the time.