Lonely Planet Writer

DRC plans to explore for oil in Africa’s oldest national park

Virunga National Park.
Virunga National Park. Image by MONUSCO Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0

The prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo has said that his government wants to drill for oil in the Virunga National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1994. With the aim of exploring ‘judiciously’, the country will soon engage in negotiations with the UN over the issue. Virunga is Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse park, and is known for being home to many of the last mountain gorillas on the planet. Read more: theguardian.com