Luxury resort allows rich tourists to pretend they are poor

A night in "Shanty Town" costs about $80.
Posted By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   Nov. 20, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A South African luxury resort is now offering rich tourists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity -- to experience what it's like to live like the poor. Sort of.

Visitors to Emoya Estate can choose to stay in corrugated metal huts in Shanty Town “for a unique accommodation experience in Bloemfontein.”

But the luxury Shanty Town is no ordinary slum. Guests have access to “long-drop effect toilets, donkey geysers, electricity and a bathroom with shower.” As Emoya’s website also points out, “This is the only Shanty Town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless Internet access!”

Here’s an explanation of the Shanty Town experience:

“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.”

A night in one of the shacks costs about $80. They are purportedly great for “team building, fancy theme parties and an experience of a lifetime.”

In case there was any question, the website points out that the Shantys are completely safe and child-friendly.

[Emoya Estate]

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