A Kruger National Park (KNP) ranger ‘Checkers Mashego’ that failed to meet his colleagues at their rendezvous point after a routine patrol has been declared missing.

The park confirmed on Thursday that the man was on patrol along the Nsikazi River in the Stolsnek section of the park on Tuesday when he went missing. 

Rangers initiated a search the next day, searching from first light and into the night, with support from a South African National Parks (SANParks) helicopter and K9 units. 

Mashego was last seen in his full ranger uniform, and had a rifle, cellphone and radio on him. 

KNP managing executive, Gareth Coleman said “SANParks officials have notified his family and are currently in contact with them to provide any further support required. The incident was reported to the SAPS, who have registered a missing person’s enquiry at the Skukuza police station”.

The search for Mashego continues on Thursday. 

 If anyone knows the whereabouts of Mashego, they can contact their nearest police station, or the SANParks emergency call centre numbers on 013 735 0197 or 076 801 9679.

Updates to follow as more information is made available.