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World's Most Controversial Vacations

Democtratic Republic of Congo

Martin Harvey / Alamy

Democratic Republic of Congo

For decades, rebel groups and armed militias have fought for control of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mines, forests, and other natural resources. Yet vacationers continue to visit the Virunga National Park for a glimpse of rare (and endangered) mountain gorillas. At the same time, the rebels and militias are indiscriminately poaching these animals and tearing up their habitats for valuable ore. Activists hope boycotts and other political pressure will prompt the government to improve its environmental record. Until then, spotting rare gorillas in the Congo remains controversial.

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