5 minutes with a jetsetter
Didi Khunou loves Cape Town scenery
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
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.