Behind the Wheel with...

Nik Rabinowitz

Local Comedian: Nik Rabinowitz

He is recognized as one of the country’s top entertainers and the World’s leading Xhosa-speaking, Jewish, stand-up comedian. But Nik wasn’t always famous. He spent his formative years growing up on a farm in Constantia and attended a Waldorf School where he ‘learnt to play the treble recorder, plant veggie gardens, and crochet his own underpants’.

 My favourite part of the country is…

The shtetl* - it’s my favourite part of any country really.

The World’s leading Xhosa-speaking, Jewish, stand-up comedian!

My favourite memory growing up in South Africa is…

Shooting Red Indians from behind my grandpa's couch. To this day we don’t know what they were doing there.

My favourite local holiday destination is…

The Agter Pakhuis Mountains (in the Cederberg region). They are huge and mountainous, like Pamela Anderson's bosoms. You can just get lost in there. My dad spent about 20 years documenting rock art so as a kid I grew up camping and visiting these amazing places. There is one magical spot in particular, way off the beaten track where I like to go and just camp out on my own. We (comedians) are observers; we need that time.

The best hotel I have ever stayed in was...

The Famous Water Hotel in the foothills of the Pamir Mountains in Kyrgyzstan (central Asia), where everything is made of water. It’s almost impossible to tell the difference between your bed, the lounge suite, your flat screen TV and a swim! Marvellous. I once stayed at a similar place in Putsonderwater (Northern Cape). I was worried they wouldn’t have water, if the name was anything to go by, but they did.

My fantasy guest and ultimate travel companion for the greatest road trip of all time would be…


Jacob Zuma. We’d get free B&Bs all over the show.

A political figure I would most likely choose to get stuck with on a deserted road with no petrol would be...

Kgalema Motlante. He’s not very talkative. Plus, we could use Airforce 2 to get home.

The person that makes me laugh the most is...

My three year old. He wants to be a birthday cake when he grows up.

My biggest road trip disaster was…

In Nigeria. Their drivers like to switch to the other side of the highway from time to time.

I never travel without…

Shoobe doob Shloimy.

(A sing-along CD for kids teaching them all about their Jewish heritage)

I am my happiest when...

I’m on my horse, with the dogs running about, early in the morning, when all is still well on the plains.

I believe South African’s should be more passionate about…

Each other. Let's make love, not war... in the parking lot... at rugby games.

All visitors to South Africa must travel to and experience…

The hole in the wall, in the Transkei. A sacred place.

*Sea Point (Cape Town)