Luxury hotel creates 'Shanty Town' slum for superrich

A South African lodge attempts to create the feel of poverty with burning trash cans, decrepit shacks and dirt paths. But there are also Wi-fi and under-floor heating.

By InvestorPlace Dec 2, 2013 3:30PM

Credit: © Emoya Hotel & Spa via Facebook

Caption: Experience an unique stay at the Shanty Town run by the Emoya Hotel & Spa in South Africa

By Christopher Freeburn

Guests at South Africa's Emoya Luxury Hotel & Spa who tire of the usual upscale amenities can ditch those digs for a more down-to-earth experience at the hotel's own "Shanty Town" (pictured).

The Emoya notes that millions of poverty-stricken South Africans live in shanty towns, which consist of shacks made from corrugated metal sheets without running water, electricity or indoor plumbing.

Of course, the Emoya shanty experience still has plenty of conveniences. The resort’s shanties come with Wi-Fi and under-floor heating. Bathrooms with showers and electricity are also provided in "Shanty Town." So, guests at the resort can get the psuedo-experience. . . and "within the safe environment of a private game reserve."

A video posted on the hotel's website shows a number of small shacks made from colorful metal sheets, aged to look decrepit, surrounded by dirt paths. In the evening, fires blaze in open trash barrels, while the shanties are lit by a combination of oil and electric lamps. Exotic animals are seen roaming nearby.

Each small shanty has room for metal bunk beds and can accommodate four guests. Shanty stays are priced at 850 rand -- about U.S. $83 -- presumably per night. Breakfast service is optional and costs another $11.

Billed as an “experience you will never forget,” Emoya's Shanty Town can hold as many as 52 guests and is recommended for "team building" and "fancy theme parties."

Guests are assured that the fake Shanty Town is “completely safe and child friendly" -- something that cannot be said about real South African shanty towns.

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Dec 2, 2013 5:15PM
STUPID!!! the riches want the full experience of being poor?!! How about dumping them in a real environment in Africa where women and children are abused sexually and dodging bullets all day long!!
Dec 2, 2013 5:13PM
Dec 2, 2013 6:33PM
Dude I can start one of those right here. Tonights menu - Hot Dogs al la mac&cheese. Activities Include - neighbors dog got in my trash. go pick it up.
Dec 2, 2013 6:09PM
The hotel developer is not stupid, but anyone who stays at this hotel would be beyond stupid and beyond pretentious.  [Any business that rips off jaded celebrities and uber-rich people who don't know their own anus from a hole in the ground does right by me.]
Dec 2, 2013 6:35PM
You don't have to go to Africa to get the slum treatment. Just go anywhere in Detroit. Don't take any money with you because you will get robbed and it will take the police about two hours to respond, if at all.
Dec 2, 2013 7:25PM
Dec 2, 2013 7:31PM

This makes my stomach turn!  Maybe I should just rent out my house for a few nights for an extraordinary amount of money so they can live like us simple folk?

Dec 2, 2013 6:18PM
Dec 2, 2013 7:31PM
What REALLY sux is that I know a "poor little rick ****" who would LOVE this, and then attempt to tell REAL poor people (like me) that he "understands" and has "experienced" poverty.
Dec 2, 2013 7:35PM
This is so incredibly stupid. Rates right up there with Hollywood stars sleeping in boxes overnight to raise awareness of the homeless. Even a born cynic like me cannot even come up with a word for this.
Dec 2, 2013 7:36PM
I have always felt like these kind of endeavors trivialize the actual plight of those who really are homeless.  It is a meaningless diversion of resource and energy that could be put to a use that would be better than the faux alleviation of some peoples' misplaced guilt.
Dec 2, 2013 7:42PM
This HAS to be the STUPIDEST thing I've ever heard of.If you are one of those "rich people" who are participating in this, you get everything you deserve. Real people are HAVING to survive in these "real-life" conditions.What a world we live in.....
Dec 2, 2013 7:33PM
WTF... What is the point of this? so that the RICH can see how it feels to live in Africa.  while they still have running water, heat, etc.  Really??? what is wrong with people
Dec 2, 2013 6:56PM
Looks like Kanye Kardasio's  house!
Dec 2, 2013 7:45PM

I can die now, I have seen everything. This is absolutely the dumbest thing I have heard for a long time.


HEY! Rich guy!! Give ME your money and you can have my house and REALLY find out what poverty is.... 


Another missed opportunity for me; If I had known this was an attraction for the Stupid wealthy I could have done this myself.


How about this RICH people, give $10,000 and you can come to work with me for a week (I'd do it for $100 but obviously the rich are stupid lol)

Dec 2, 2013 7:33PM
If you are going to be rich!  If you happen to be poor...have dignity.  Just don't pretend to be something you're not.  Honestly though...this is a riot. 
Dec 2, 2013 6:33PM
why not??? we strive for a big beautiful house but really only want to go camping....give us a tent and a campfire....and we find peace.. life should be simpler...without the love of material things.. which don't make us happy...
Dec 2, 2013 5:09PM
                                   that   just   what   a   rich   person   wants  is   too  try  the   other   side
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