You know,  nothing brings a team together during team building exercises like slumming it in a fake slum. Or maybe you’d like to have an authentic slum wedding.  Imagine being able to go slumming in an “authentic” Shanty Town without actually having to experience poverty.  Sounds fun, right? Well that’s what the owners of the Emoya Luxury Hotel & Spa in Bloemfontein, South Africa think. 

Of course it’s not a real Shanty Town, silly!  There’s none of those pesky poor people to bother you, so don’t get alarmed. And imagine, for just $82, close to the monthly salary of the typical person actually living in a Shanty Town, you’re able to get the PPE (poor people experience).

Here’s a description of all that Emoya offers:

Millions of people are living in informal settlements across South Africa. These settlements consist of thousands of houses also referred to as Shacks, Shantys or Makhukhus. A Shanty usually consists of old corrugated iron sheets or any other waterproof material which is constructed in such a way to form a small “house” or shelter where they make a normal living. A paraffin lamp, candles, a battery operated radio, an outside toilet (also referred to as a long drop) and a drum where they make fire for cooking is normally part of this lifestyle.

Now you can experience staying in a Shanty within  the safe environment of a private game reserve. This is the only Shanty Town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless internet access!

The Shanty Town is ideal for team building, braais, fancy theme parties and an experience of a lifetime.  Accommodates up to 52 guests. Our Shantys are completely safe and child friendly.

This is an experience you will never forget!

Shanty Town offers the following:

Under floor heating Long-drop effect toilets
Donkey geysers Electricity
Electrical geysers Bathroom with shower
Braai facilities on request

Whoa. Under floor heating? Well I seriously doubt any authentic Shanty Town residence is equipped with that. How about that for authenticity.


Fake Shanty Town


Real Shanty Town – I’m sure these kids would love some wi-fi and a bathroom with a shower.

I guess people will never realize poverty tourism is not only a bad idea, but one that is offensive to the people actually living in these conditions because they don’t have any other choice. No one wants to live in a fucking shack in real life. Oh, but a shack with wi-fi and heated floors? That’s a totally different story.

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