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Monday, July 15, 2019


(Ben Voss. Pic by Val Adamson)

The inimitable Benny Bushwhacker comes to Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from July 29 after his successful appearance at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda (Grahamstown) where he received two Ovation Awards for the production.

Public feedback from the opening show in Makhanda was hugely affirming: “Great show, an education, a laugh and a very serious message that warns of the ramifications of man’s stupidity. Nature’s greatest danger is human nature! Put it on your list, you won’t be disappointed,” and “Edutainment at its best! Hilariously delivers a serious message, a must see.”

The publicity material announces: “The Republic of South Africa proudly welcomes home, Benny Bushwhacker, world-renowned conservationist, environmental campaigner, and the only man to have thrice walked the length of Africa barefoot. The legend returns to share what it takes to survive the African bush … and for the African bush to survive.

“The genial South African born, Benny Bushwhacker (aka Ben Voss), who recently made world headlines for banging heads with swashbuckling British survivalist, Bear Grylls, will be touring South Africa’s theatres and festivals with an hilarious yet sobering look at the collision between man and environment.

“For somebody who has spent more time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life than a hibernating Arctic wood frog, Benny Bushwhacker brings untainted humanity and delicious humour to his performance that will have you laughing out loud and wondering why, when it comes to the bush, the most uncommon human trait, is common sense.

“Whether it be his opinion on changing the Springbok emblem, how to spot a bulls%&*#$er in Kruger, or the relative chances of his estranged wife, Brenda, replacing the buffalo in the Big 5, Benny delivers time and again with his unique sense of humour and classic bush logic.”

While touring South Africa Benny Bushwhacker will be raising awareness and moola for the Lebombo Leopard - Human Conflict Survey. And while leopards are not known to change their spots, through this initiative, Benny will try to help humans to do so.

Benny Bushwhacker’s stories and experiences have been translated from bush to page by his unofficial biographer, John van de Ruit, (of Spud fame,) and from page to stage by Janice Honeyman.

Theatre lovers are urged to book for this wonderful look at life on the wild side, because, like the rhinos of Africa, you never know if you will get the chance to see it again.

The Durban season of Benny Bushwhacker is part of a nationwide tour:

July 29 – August 11, 2019: Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban: Book through Computicket

September 13 – 15, 2019: Hilton Arts Festival, Hilton, KZN. Book with festival direct. For more information visit or contact the Festival Office on or 033 383 0127.

November 5 – 9, 2019: Hexagon Theatre, Pietermaritzburg. Book through Webtickets.

If you are interested in buying a house of the Durban season for a fundraiser, please contact Sharlene Versfeld on Performances on July 30 and 31 have a special offer of R80 per ticket and early-bird tickets are available.

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