The se­cret’s out!

Atandwa Kani is en­joy­ing the ad­ven­ture of see­ing the world while pur­su­ing his act­ing ca­reer

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 - ME­LANIE PETERS

ATANDWA Kani plays Nel­son Man­dela at 16 in the movie Long Walk to Freedom which stars Idris Elba, to be re­leased later this year. He will be seen soon in the play Hayani, at the Bax­ter Golden Ar­row Stu­dio from Au­gust 8 to 31.

How widely have you trav­elled?

I have been to the UK, tour­ing with Jan­ice Honey­man’s pro­duc­tion of The Tem­pest with John Kani and Sir Antony Sher.

Lo­cally, I have vis­ited The Drak­ens­berg Moun­tain while shoot­ing Long Walk To Freedom, Knysna, St Fran­cis, Jef­freys Bay, Port St John’s, “Hole in the Wall” in the Transkei, Dur­ban, East Lon­don, Hart­beespoort Dam, Bad­plaas (on the set of The Ghost and the Dark­ness), and How­ick Falls in KwaZulu-Na­tal.

Where was your favourite hol­i­day or time spent abroad?

In the KwaZulu-Na­tal Mid­lands. The long scenic drives (yes, we got lost and made the best of it), the re­sorts on the rolling hills and the cul­ture was just amaz­ing. I could re­tire there. I also re­ally en­joyed stay­ing in Strat­ford-Upon-Avon. We were per­form­ing at The Court­yard Theatre. It was my first time per­form­ing in a 1 800-seat theatre.

Your worst hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence?

Get­ting lost in the Lon­don Un­der­ground. I didn’t get off where I was sup­posed to. The train had reached the fur­thest it could go, ev­ery re­main­ing pas­sen­ger got off and so did I. I pan­icked and had to call a friend to come res­cue me.

An­other hor­ri­ble ex­pe­ri­ence was in the Transkei where we climbed the moun­tain that the Hole in the Wall is in. It was wet and slip­pery. When we fi­nally got to the top, there was noth­ing but a 80m drop on the other side. One of my friends screamed “I’m on top of the world ma!” then she lost her foot­ing and took a tum­ble. We all thought we’d lost her for sure. It was so scary. Go­ing down that moun­tain was even scarier that go­ing up. I will never do that again. Your fun­ni­est ex­pe­ri­ence? Walk­ing down the streets of Strat­ford with a few cast mem­bers, it had just started snow­ing as we ar­rived and none of us could stay on our feet. The road was so slip­pery that we all kept slid­ing and fall­ing. So there we were, five South Africans in hys­ter­ics, cau­tiously walk­ing as if we were on thin ice.

What do you avoid dur­ing a hol­i­day?

I absolutely de­test early wake-up calls to go sight­see­ing. I don’t even en­joy sight­see­ing. I would rather bump into th­ese great mon­u­ments and struc­tures, than pre­par­ing for hours to go and see them. Best meal abroad? We were in­vited to the South African High Com­mis­sion in Trafal­gar Square. They had pre­pared au­then­tic South African cui­sine. Be­ing abroad for so long made that food taste like African heaven. I also en­joyed the shish ke­babs from the Turk­ish din­ers. The most amaz­ing thing you’ve ever eaten. I still crave them.

Your favourite place to have sun­down­ers on your trav­els?

In Hart­beespoort Dam there is this lodge called La Mon­tagne, it sits on the top of a moun­tain and over­looks the whole of Hart­bees. It is an absolutely amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to just sit back in their heated pool, have a glass of wine or beer, watch the sun­set and be ser­e­naded by the sound of lions roar­ing as they pre­pare for the night time.

What have you learnt from your trav­els?

I’ve learned how cru­cially im­por­tant it is to love your own home and coun­try first be­fore em­bark­ing on a jour­ney to a for­eign land. That way you will never lose a sense of self. I’ve dis­cov­ered that South Africa is the ul­ti­mate hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion. Go out and have fun, spend money on your­self and make it all worth­while. Great­est travel lux­ury? My phone. I can­not be out of touch with the world, fam­ily and friends, es­pe­cially in a for­eign place. Favourite drive? This most def­i­nitely has to be the Gar­den Route. Dream trip? To Rio de Janeiro, for the Car­ni­val. Now there I would do a lot of sight­see­ing, if you know what I mean. I would also love to go to Greece. On the beach or on a boat, eat­ing olives, feta cheese and drink­ing su­perb wine. Where next? France, then Wash­ing­ton DC, LA, Philadel­phia and New York … but sh­hhh!

TREAD CARE­FULLY: Kani climbed to the top of the Hole in the Wall in Transkei.

HAV­ING FUN: Atandwa Kani

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