Thinking of a holiday?
Why not consider spending the night in a poverty stricken village in South Africa. And you get to pay $100 for the privilege.
Because this is where we’re at now, people. This is where we’re at.
Yes, for $86 per night plus $12 extra if you want breakfast, you can now holiday in a “luxury resort” that’s been disguised a shanty town.
A stay at Shanty Town at Emoya Hotel & Spa (located within a private game reserve) includes a “luxury” bungalow made of aluminium walls with a four bunk bed sleeping arrangement.
There is a catch, because you won’t be in complete poverty. If you stay at the shanty town, you still get a toilet, running water, electricity, under-floor heating and WiFi. But, you can still have the poverty experience if you choose to do your morning business in the communal long-drop than your private toilet. And to make the experience a bit more authentic there are paraffin lamps, candles and battery-operated radios to make you feel really poor.
So why stay in poverty? The resort claims it is “an ideal place for team building” (nothing like knowing what a jobless lifestyle can look like to get you motivated), fancy theme parties (poverty is trending people) or just to have an experience of a lifetime (because being poor is an “experience”).
And, so far, none of the cash you fork out goes to actual poor people. Just the tourism operators. Yuck.
Before I go on to call this resort the most stupid tourism idea, let me give you some background into Shanty towns.
Firstly, a shanty town is where a lot of South Africans live in complete poverty. They are homes that are mostly made of 5 sheets of aluminium (4 walls and a roof) which precariously lean against each other to form a home for at least 2 families. There are dirt roads, intermittent electricity and not a lot of running water.