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It's so hard to believe this is real.
They're gorgeous little shanty towns. The corrugated metal is just askew and the scrap wood may even give you splinters.
But don't worry! There's WiFi!
"This is the only Shanty Town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless internet access!"
That's on official press materials for the spectacularly offensive "Shanty Town," a fake slum near Bloemfontein, South Africa, where rich tourists go to pretend they're poor.
Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa, a five-star resort, has stooped to this new low, charging rich tourists around $82, or about half the average South African's monthly salary for a night's stay.
Visiting real slums has become a popular, if controversial, form of tourism.
But why risk it when Emoya has thought of everything. Battery-operated radio. Outdoor toilets. Even a big old drum to cook your dinner in — everything that is "normally part of this lifestyle" — and all "within the safe environment of a private game reserve."
According to the resort's official website:
They're fake shanty towns. 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!
Tripadvisor.com reviews were mixed.
One extolled the virtues of outdoor BBQ and finished with "It was unusual and fantastic and we would stay again."
Another read, “Paid to sleep in a 'shack,' but sleeping was impossible!!!”
This is for real.