South Africa Hotel Offers Fake Slum Experience

This 'Shanty Town' has under-floor heating
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2013 2:45 PM CST
South Africa Hotel Offers Fake Slum Experience
A real shanty in Africa.   (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

(Newser) – Well, this is ... interesting: You can now pay half the average South African's monthly salary—or $82 a night—to stay in a slum. Not a real one, as some one billion people worldwide do; instead, Gizmodo reports, South Africa's Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa is offering the experience of "a Shanty within the safe environment of a private game reserve." The fake slum, near Bloemfontein, is offered as tours of actual slums gain popularity.

And though it's got realistic touches like a "'long-drop' outside toilet" and facilities for building your own fire, it's also "the only Shanty Town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless internet access!," Emoya's site notes, adding that the place is "ideal for team building, braais (barbecues), fancy theme parties, and an experience of a lifetime." Four people can stay in one of the available corrugated-iron shacks, and there's room for 52 people total, This Is Africa reports, wondering if the offering is "the most tasteless and offensive tourism idea ever." (Read more South Africa stories.)

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