Australian tourist goes missing at Victoria Falls rainforest

Drones, sniffer dogs deployed to search for tourist

By Staff Reporter

An Australian tourist has gone missing in Zimbabwe’s Victoria rainforest, National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo has said.

Farawo told the media that the unnamed tourist went missing in the vast rainforest on Friday.

“We have a fully-fledged team that includes the police looking for the tourist,” he said.

“We have deployed sniffer dogs, drones and trackers on the ground.”

He said the tourist was 67 years old but did not share further details.

Such incidences are rare in Victoria Falls, a destination that attracts thousands of tourists from across the globe for its majestic water curtain that tumbles down more than 350 feet (108 meters) from the mighty Zambezi River to a gorge below, sending up a mist visible from miles away.

But few cases have been recorded in other parks. A German tourist who went missing in Matusadona National Park which teems with wild animals in northern Zimbabwe was found alive and in good health three days after he was reported missing in October last year.

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