Just Back from South Africa: Hugh Jackman
Published: May 2009
"Truly beautiful in terms of both the landscape and the spirit of the people."
OCCUPATION Actor HOME BASES Sydney and New York City TAKE FIVE It's been a busy season for the 2004 Tony Award winner—after a long Broadway run in The Boy from Oz, Jackman traveled to Montreal to film Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi drama The Fountain. This month, he returns to New York to host the Tonys. Yet he still managed to find 10 days to join his wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness, and four-year-old son, Oscar, on a whirlwind tour of South Africa, with stops in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Singita Private Game Reserve. "It was our first visit, and we found the country truly beautiful in terms of both the landscape and the spirit of the people," Jackman says. ON THE TAIL Besides rhinos and elephants, Jackman and his son sought out species of a much smaller, but no less spectacular, nature during their stay at Singita's Sweni Lodge (27-21/683-3424; www.singita.com; doubles from $2,190). "Oscar and I had an amazing time with the trackers, searching on foot for butterflies and bugs in Kruger National Park," he says. HONOR AMONG MEN "The emotional high point was visiting Robben Island Museum [27-21/409-5100; www.robben-island.org.za], where Ahmed Kathrada, a former political prisoner and Nelson Mandela's onetime cellmate, is the curator," Jackman recalls. "His stories of the early conditions of the anti-apartheid movement were incredibly moving." UP NEXT A world concert tour directed by George C. Wolfe.