Johannesburg - South African professional hunter Christo Kaiser has been killed by an elephant in Botswana.
Kaiser, 40, the owner of Unico Hunting Safaris in Lephalale (formerly Ellisras), died on Friday, a close friend of his, Phillip Bronkhorst, said on Saturday.
"He was killed in the northern part of Botswana on Friday morning. He was killed by an elephant," said Bronkhorst.
He said no details of the incident were known, but nobody else was injured.
Kaiser had been accompanying four Spanish hunters who wanted to shoot elephant.
His body would remain in Maun, Botswana, until a post mortem had been carried out.
Bronkhorst said the rest of the group was on its way back to South Africa.
Unico's website offers hunts with a range of trophies, starting at USD 250 (about R1,733) for a jackal, USD12,000 (about R83,227) for a buffalo, USD29,000 (about R201,134) for a lion and USD47,500 (about R335,590) for a rhino.
The cost of elephant trophies is available "on request".