A German tourist who went missing during a safari in a national park in Zimbabwe has been rescued after three days of searching, the national park management organization, Zimparks, announced. Andreas Hober lived all this time alone in an area full of wild animals, including lions, leopards and elephants.
Hoberg was last seen on Saturday around 3:30 p.m. at the store, just before he was supposed to go on safari in the Matusadona National Park in northern Zimbabwe. When by 18, when the expedition should have ended, he did not return from it, and attempts were made to contact him. However, the company from which he rented the car realized that it was unable to locate it because the connection with the GPS system in the vehicle was lost. Cellular coverage is also very poor in the national park.
A tourist went missing while going on safari
Due to the impossibility of locating the missing tourist, a search operation was initiated, involving a helicopter, several off-road vehicles and tracking dogs. The search ended in success only three days later, when Andreas Hoberg was found.
According to the rescue services, the man was staying in an area known for its large population of wild animals throughout the search. Zimparks representative Tinashe Farawo pointed out that on the 1.4 thousand sq. square kilometers of the Matusadona Park, there are lions, buffaloes, leopards, elephants and other wild and dangerous animals. However, Hoberg was found “in good condition”. – We were very worried. We are glad that (the found tourist) is doing well, he said.
According to Farawo, the German explained to rescuers that his car broke down during the expedition, which caused him to get stuck in the national park. However, details about how the man managed to survive alone among wild animals were not provided.
The Zimbabwe Mail, Independent
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