One tourist died and another was seriously injured after they were attacked by crocodiles while canoeing in the Matopos National Park, about 40 km south of Bulawayo in southern Zimbabwe, hours before New Year.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Tinashe Farawo today said the pair was using an air-pumped boat which was not allowed in the crocodile infested dam.
“John Bowman and Rosemary Mitchell were attacked while peddling in the crocodile-infested Mpopoma Dam in the Matopos National Park.
The couple were on holiday together with their colleagues.
“The two were rushed to hospital where Bowman died before arrival. Mitchell is in intensive care unit in Bulawayo,” Farawo said.
He urged tourists to stay away from wild animals, no matter how domesticated, since they remained dangerous.