This South African game reserve offers guests accommodation that no other hotel resort was ‘clever’ enough to think of – an artificial slum.
The concept of poverty tourism is way more disturbing than the sex tourism traditional society often looks down upon, like in the case of Germany.
Situated in the city of Bloemfontein, Emoya Private Game Reserve, Conference Centre and Spa has arranged for its guests to try out a one-of-a-kind shanty town experience - for only $82 a night.
Not excited yet?
THERE IS WIFI!!!
Their website reads:
“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!”
In a country where the number of shack-dwellers is nearly two million and the average monthly income for black households is $500, you are offering an exclusive deal that will appeal to wealthy white tourists (lets be honest) who are as ridiculous as you are.
Note: The local black population is 79% of total (2012)
Firstly, this is beyond offensive and elitist. Secondly, it doesn’t even resemble a real South African shanty town (photo at the end) where overpopulation, poor sanitation, disease and other symptoms of abject poverty are rampant. This fake shanty town offers under floor heating, long-drop effect toilets, bathroom with shower and ‘braai facilities on request’ – whatever that means.
Emoya Private Game Reserve, Conference Centre and Spa seems to be suffering from a sick sense of orientalism – where the image of ‘the other’ is not just distorted but simply stupid.
What’s next? A fake disaster struck coastal village?