Four Malaga tourists die in a road accident on safari in Tanzania

The scene of the accident in Arusha.
The scene of the accident in Arusha. / The Citizen
  • The 4x4 in which they were travelling was hit by a lorry; their bodies will arrive back in the city on Saturday

A group of tourists on safari in Tanzania died on Sunday after being involved in a road accident which saw the 4x4 in which they were travelling struck by a lorry.

Three women from Malaga, two of whom were nurses at the Hospital Clínico, plus a friend of Italian origin who resided in Malaga for a number of years, were killed.

According to the operator, Tabia Tours, María Belén Jiménez, María Victoria Aláez, Juana Jiménez and Sebastien Giordani (all in their forties) were those who lost their lives.

The accident occurred at around 10am and according to local press in Arusha, the all-terrain vehicle was almost completely destroyed after being hit by a lorry experiencing brake failure. The driver and the cook who were travelling with them also died.

"A trip of a lifetime"

The group first arrived in Tanzania on 31 August for a two-week safari trip and had travelled together before. "My mum loved to travel and was very adventurous," said Pilar, 23, daughter of Juana. "She was saying it was a trip of a lifetime and that makes it even harder for us to process what has happened."

Kept in the dark

For much of the week, the victims' families reported being kept in the dark, told by the Spanish embassy in Tanzania that "things work differently over there", according to José Miguel Jiménez, Belén's brother.

However, on Wednesday they received the news that the bodies would be repatriated and would arrive at Malaga Airport on Saturday.