Poverty-stricken townships in South Africa drawing large number of tourists

Poverty Tourism in South Africa proving popular.

Poverty Tourism in South Africa proving popular.

South Africa is drawing large number of tourists these days. If you are thinking that it is some museum or any other tourist spot that is luring large number of people, then i must tell you that you are wrong. The poverty-stricken townships in Johannesburg, are drawing large number of tourists. Yes, you’ve read it right! The Squatter Camps in Soweto Township on the edge of Johannesburg are attracting large number of tourists and bringing cash to South Africa. In short, poverty tourism is growing and bringing cash to South Africa.


Squatter Camps in Soweto Township. Photo: www.charkinblog.macmillan.com

Squatter Camps in Soweto Township. Photo: http://www.charkinblog.macmillan.com


Guided tours are being organized. People who are keen to get a glimpse of the grim side of the new South Africa go to these camps. Touring these camps is free of cost but guides earn good amount by taking visitors on a short stroll down the narrow alleys, visiting a shack and watching residents.

Sometimes visitors have to face problems when the poor people living in these slums compel them for money. Still, the number of visitors is growing. The bottom-line is that the poverty-stricken townships of South Africa are drawing in large number of tourists and lending a hand in bringing more cash to South Africa.

Source: Mysterious Africa and Stuff

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3 Responses to Poverty-stricken townships in South Africa drawing large number of tourists

  1. Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,

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    -Bill-Bartmann

  2. Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    A definite great read.. <a href="http://wiki.hudson-ci.org/display/~bill-bartmann&quot;

    -Bill-Bartmann

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