5 min­utes with a jet­set­ter

Didi Khu­nou loves Cape Town scenery

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De­scribe the first hol­i­day you re­mem­ber as a child.

I be­lieve we were in Botswana. I’m not too sure but I re­mem­ber go­ing on a game drive. I re­mem­ber see­ing gi­raffes and ze­bras. And I re­mem­ber tast­ing croc­o­dile for the first time.

What is the most dif­fi­cult, re­mote or ad­ven­tur­ous des­ti­na­tion you’ve ever been to?

Swazi­land. Mba­bane was beau­ti­ful and ad­ven­tur­ous.

What is your favourite city in SA and why?

Cape Town. It’s cos­mopoli­tan, has beau­ti­ful scenery and it has the best and most beau­ti­ful nude beach – I’m a fan of nude beaches.

If you were host­ing a tourist in your home town, what would you show them?

I’m from Mat­losana (Klerks­dorp) in the North West prov­ince. If you re­ally want to get to know a place you’ve got to go to where the peo­ple are and ex­pe­ri­ence the true cul­ture of the area.

The life of the town is in the ’hood. I’d show them a true re­flec­tion of the cur­rent so­ciopo­lit­i­cal con­di­tion of South Africa and take them on a jour­ney from the most ur­banised parts of the town to the most fun and vi­brant spots in the lo­ca­tions to the ru­ral parts – get them in touch with the beauty of na­ture that the North West has to of­fer.

What has been your worst travel ex­pe­ri­ence?

I once went camp­ing and I for­got to take my nasal sprays, Sin­u­con and saline sa­chets. It was the worst ex­pe­ri­ence of my life. I’ll def­i­nitely go camp­ing in fu­ture be­cause I love na­ture, but

I now know bet­ter than to just wing it with­out my meds.

What do you hate about trav­el­ling or hol­i­days?

I don’t en­joy wait­ing in long, te­dious queues and if I’m trav­el­ling with peo­ple who only want to sit and lounge on the beach all day, I can’t deal! I need stim­u­la­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Odd­est thing you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced while trav­el­ling?

I was at a bar in Cape Town and these two guys came up to me and started singing (and danc­ing) The Time Warp from the Rocky Hor­ror Show (“it’s just a jump to the left …”). Ob­vi­ously, be­cause I’m a loony, I joined them.

And there we were, three com­plete strangers, do­ing the

Time Time Warp in pub­lic. It was odd but re­ally fun.

What is your best piece of travel ad­vice?

Al­ways charge and carry your power bank with you ev­ery­where you go. Carry emer­gency cash. –In­ter­view by

Sanet Ober­holzer

Khu­nou is cur­rently mak­ing ■ his­tory as the first black woman to play Janet in the Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show in South Africa. Catch it at Mon­te­casino’s Pi­eter To­e­rien Theatre this week­end — it ends March 1. See pieter­to­e­rien.co.za

Ac­tress Didi Khu­nou is a fan of nude beaches.

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