Slum-tourismDoes it mean that slum tourism tend to turn poverty into entertainment for tourists ? Its quite evident that the local mass are not impressed that tourist groups from America, Asia and Europe visit their small houses with a roof that is ripping apart and taking pictures of their dirty children playing near sewage water. There might be no difference in thinking that tourists come to invade on their privacy as they regard them as monkeys in a zoo!Tourists who visit slums do walking safaris, through the many footpaths, with the help of a tour guide who is mostly a person from the slum area. During these tours they like to take photographs of everything they see as they are amazed by this other kind of life that they have probably ‘never seen’. One would wonder whether they are enjoying taking pictures of poor people who are struggling in order to make ends meet!

 

Slum tourism is a special kind of tourism that for a long time has been looked at as an exploitative kind of tourism whereby tourists travel all the way from their home country to have fun taking pictures and looking at poor people struggling to make ends meet. Promotion of this kind of tourism tends to portray Africa as a pitiful continent whereby those that visit the continent are convicted to donate money to the people. Africans tend to be looked at as a helpless people who cannot develop themselves without receiving aid either from China, US, Russia or the UK….This is a perception that certainly has to stop!!! There is something that slum tourism does not show to the visitors….how hard many of the slum dwellers work to be able to make an honest living because some of those who live in the big houses and drive expensive cars are involved in illegal activities to be able to maintain their expensive lifestyles.

With time, the local people will start to see the benefits of having visitors coming to stay with them, learning things from one another hence be able to embrace them as friends and not people that come to take pictures of them like monkeys in a zoo.

 

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