About 1 in 8 of the 7 billion people on the planet call a slum home, and “slum tourism” has become a popular, if controversial, way of seeing the way others live. But one luxury South African resort is now offering its guests a cleaner, safer alternative: a stay in a fake slum.
For $82 a night — or half a month’s salary for the average South African — tourists can stay at the Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa’s Shanty Town, which includes a dozen shacks made from scrap wood and corrugated metal.
“Now you can experience staying in a shanty within the safe environment of a private game reserve. This is the only shantytown in the world equipped with underfloor heating and wireless Internet access!” the resort’s website says.