Shanty Town Resort Lets South Africa’s Wealthiest Pretend to be Poor…. Kind of

Wealthy South Africans who want to pretend to be poor can arrange a stay at “Shanty Town”, a part of the South African Five-Star game reserve and spa Emoya Estate.

Via Oddity Central:

A Shanty is a small hut made out of old corrugated iron sheets or other waterproof material. It is a place of dwelling for the poor, often lacking in basic amenities like electricity or running water. To be living in one, you’d have to be going through an extremely rough patch in life.

Except of course, when your shanty is located in Shanty Town, and you’re just playing ‘poor’. Yes, as bizarre as it sounds, there are people in this world who think playing poor is a fun sport. And resorts like Shanty Town exist to help them achieve the experience.

Shanty Town is a part of Emoya Estate, a South African five-star luxury game reserve and spa. It comes equipped with corrugated metal huts that can accommodate up to 52 guests. Over here, the rich get to live like the poor. But no, not entirely like the poor. The environment is safe and the shanties are equipped with conveniences like running water, electricity and Wi-Fi. The interiors aren’t too bad either – the beds look clean and comfortable, there are refrigerators, televisions, tables, chairs and cabinets. Oh, and did I mention under-floor heating? Yes, they have that too.

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8 Comments on "Shanty Town Resort Lets South Africa’s Wealthiest Pretend to be Poor…. Kind of"

    • Chaos_Dynamics | Nov 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm |

      Excellent data.

    • Rhoid Rager | Nov 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm |

      This article reminds me of the Carlin joke on white people: you don’t sing the blues, you give people the blues.
      And that reminds me of Led Zeppelin: the incarnation of all this assumed rebel culture–one of the biggest rock bands in history turned out to be the biggest old blues cover bands in history with little to no attribution going to any of the artists they ripped off. Robert Plant is the biggest ripoff artist–at least Page, Bonham and Jones could/can adeptly play.

  1. Anarchy Pony | Nov 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm |

    Isn’t something like this more or less the reason that Marie Antoinette was introduced to Madame Guillotine?
    Or did they find the whole pretend shepherdess thing afterward?

  2. Can’t we just get the place to host a huge conference, get a large chunk of these vapid fucks parked there…and then lock the fucking doors from the outside?

  3. VaudeVillain | Nov 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm |

    I’m pretty sure that, on some level, almost everyone who posts or comments here is guilty of a similar indulgence.

    Look at yourself, look at your circumstances, look at your choices, and think very, very hard about just how much room you have to criticize this.

    • and then again some of us look iike crack addicted hobos because we live in the hood. if you look any different for any period of time there’s people around here that would rob you for a pair of trainers. hobson’s choice.

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