Theunis Botha, 51, and his fellow hunters reportedly interrupted a herd of breeding elephants, prompting three elephant cows to charge, the Telegraph reports.
The South African hunter fired his rifle but a fourth elephant somehow managed to surprise him, lifting him into the air with its trunk.
In response, one of the other hunters shot the perturbed beast, killing it.
However, as the creature collapsed, Botha found himself underneath it, his body smashed by the elephant’s sheer weight.
Theunis Botha [above], started his business in the early 1980s, which his business legend claims was founded on “a mutual love for Africa and its natural beauty.”
His company, Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris, claims to have “perfected leopard and lion hunting safaris with hounds.”
Botha it has reported, was close friends with Scott van Zyl, another big game hunter who was killed in a hunting mishap last month, in Zimbabwe. van Zyl was eaten by crocodiles.