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Australian Tourist Killed By Elephant While Camping

An Australian tourist has been killed by an elephant while camping with a group in Namibia, the country's tourism ministry has announced.

It's believed the man was a 59-year-old Australian who was camping with a group at the Huab River in the Kunene region on Thursday morning when he was killed.

In a post on its Facebook page, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism Namibia said the group was believed to have been staying in an area not designated for camping.

Wild desert elephants at the Huab River in Namibia, pictured in 2013. Image: Getty

The ministry said investigators were also working to establish whether the group had been with a tour guide at the time of the incident.

"This is a very unfortunate incident and highly regrettable," the ministry 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."

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

10 daily has contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading which said it was working to confirm reports an Australian had died in Namibia.

"We stand ready to offer consular assistance to any Australian citizen, should they request it," a spokesperson said.

Namibia is one of only two places in the world home to African bush elephants known as desert elephants which are listed as a protected species.

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