If you're curious about what it would be like to live in a shanty town, but you don't actually want to set foot in a real shanty town, then perhaps the Emoya Luxury Hotel & Spa's "Shanty Town"
might be for you. It's a "unique accommodation experience" located near Bloemfontein, South Africa. The Emoya website
Experience an unique stay at our Shanty Town (Mkukhu Villlage / Shack Village) where you have to use the famous "long-drop" outside toilet and make your own fire for hot water in the traditional "donkey". This is the first ever shanty town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless internet access.
This falls under the umbrella of Reality Tourism. Other examples that I've posted about include the "Khmer Rouge Experience Cafe"
in Cambodia, where you get to sample the kind of watery gruel that people ate in the Killing Fields, and Croatian Club Med
, where tourists are issued convict uniforms and get to pound large stones with a sledgehammer.
A similar example that I once posted about on Weird Universe
is London's Rough Luxe Hotel
, where for over £200 a night you get to stay in a room where the paint is peeling off the walls.
(Shanty Town story via Gizmodo