They quickly began to shoot, according to News 24, spooking the animals and causing the elephants to charge at the hunters.
One of the elephants is then said to have picked up Botha with its trunk.
The website says he pioneered the traditional European-style 'Monteria hunts' in southern African countries.
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During Zimbabwe's hyperinflation, foreign currencies replaced the Zimbabwe dollar in a rapid and spontaneous manner.
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A member of his group shot the elephant, hoping it would put Botha down.