Survivor South Africa: Island of Secrets is the seventh season of the South African version of Survivor.

Production

Twists/Changes

  • Three Tribes: For the first time in Survivor South Africa, the game starts with three tribes of seven.
  • Island of Secrets: Each week, selected castaways will be banished to the Island of Secrets where game advantages may or may not be available.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: Hidden Immunity Idols were hidden around the camps and contestants were given or find clues to help locate the Immunity Idols.
  • Extra Vote: An Extra Vote advantage was up for grabs at the first Reward Challenge. It was only good at the first Tribal Council of the merge.
  • Tribe Switch: On Day 8, a Tribe Switch occurred, dividing the 18 remaining players into three tribes of six.
  • Second Tribe Switch: On Day 15, a Tribe Switch occurred, dividing the 15 remaining players into two tribes of seven and sending the remaining player to the Island of Secrets.
  • Reward Steal: A Reward Steal advantage was offered through Island of Secrets on Day 24.
  • Vote Nullifier: A Vote Nulifier advantage was offered through Island of Secrets on Day 36. It was valid until the Final Four vote.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe First
Switched Tribe
Second
Switched Tribe
Merged Tribe
ZAS7 leeanne t.png Lee-Anne van Renen
33, Durbanville, WC
Life Coach/Mrs Cape Town 2018
Sa'ula 1st Voted Out
Day 3
5
ZAS7 paul t.png Paul Smulders
54, Ruimsig, GP
Real Estate Agent
Sa'ula 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
4
ZAS7 tingting t.png Ting Ting Wong
25, Durban, KZN
Doctor
Ta'alo 3rd Voted Out
Day 7
4
ZAS7 roselee t.png Rose-Lee Smith
33, Paulshof, GP
Crime Scene Analyst
Laumei Laumei 4th Voted Out
Day 9
3
ZAS7 felix t.png Felix Godlo
29, Garstfontein, GP
Sales Consultant
Ta'alo Laumei 5th Voted Out
Day 12
4
ZAS7 tania t.png Tania Copeland
51, Somerset West, WC
Immigration Consultant
Ta'alo Laumei 6th Voted Out
Day 14
5
ZAS7 rocco t.png Rocco van Rooyen
28, Stellenberg, WC
Professional Athlete
Laumei Ta'alo Ta'alo 7th Voted Out
Day 16
6
ZAS7 nathan t.png Nathan Castle
25, Milnerton, WC
Media Producer
Sa'ula Sa'ula Sa'ula 8th Voted Out
Day 19
5
ZAS7 meryl t.png Meryl Szolkeiwicz
31, Irene, GP
Pilates Instructor
Ta'alo Ta'alo Sa'ula Manumalo 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 22
8
ZAS7 geoffrey t.png Geoffrey Cooke-Tonneson
33, Colenso, KZN
Home Loans Consultant
Laumei Sa'ula Sa'ula 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
17
ZAS7 seipei t.png Seipei Mashugane
40, Soweto, GP
Entrepreneur/Biker Queen
Sa'ula Laumei Ta'alo 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 26
9
ZAS7 dante t.png Danté De Villiers
31, Dwarskersbos, WC
Coffee Shop Owner
Ta'alo Ta'alo Sa'ula 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 28
7
ZAS7 cobus t.png Cobus Hugo
27, Greenpoint, WC
Architect
Ta'alo Sa'ula Ta'alo 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 30
8
ZAS7 mmaba t.png Mmaba Molefe
28, Plumstead, WC
Investment Analyst
Laumei Sa'ula Sa'ula 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 32
7
ZAS7 jacques t.png Jacques Burger
27, Queenswood, GP
Industrial Engineer
Ta'alo Laumei Ta'alo 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 34
12
ZAS7 mike t.png Mike Venter
21, Parkrand, GP
Radio Presenter
Laumei Sa'ula Ta'alo 16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 35
4
ZAS7 steffi t.png Steffi Brink
27, Glen Austin, GP
Fitness Model
Sa'ula Sa'ula Ta'alo 17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 37
8
ZAS7 laetitia t.png Laetitia Le Roux
58, Randburg, GP
Nurse
Laumei Ta'alo Ta'alo 18th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day 38
4
ZAS7 durao t.png Durão Mariano
28, Newlands East, KZN
Hotel Guest Liaison
Laumei Laumei Sa'ula Second
Runner-Up
4
ZAS7 nicole t.png Nicole Capper
33, Fourways, GP
Ex-Mrs South Africa
Sa'ula Ta'alo Sa'ula Runner-Up 3
ZAS7 rob t.png Rob Bentele
28, Richards Bay, KZN
Events Videographer
Sa'ula Ta'alo Ta'alo Sole Survivor 3

Season Summary

This season began with three tribes of seven: Laumei, Sa'ula and Ta'alo. Sa'ula lost the first two Immunity Challenges with the five remaining members forming a tight bond through their struggles. At Laumei, a trio formed between Geoffrey, Mike and Mmaba to vote out Rocco, although the tribe's immunity streak prevented them from doing so. At Ta'alo, Tania found herself as the tribe outcast, but a twist in which she was sent to the Island of Secrets and chose to stay there on the night of the tribe's first Tribal Council resulted in Ting Ting being eliminated instead.

At the Tribe Switch, Tania was given the power to choose her new tribe, where she joined the new Laumei. The new Laumei proceeded to go on a losing streak, reducing their numbers to three and triggering a second swap in which the tribe was dissolved. At the new Ta'alo, Mike joined forces with Rob to vote out Rocco at the first opportunity. At the new Sa'ula, a rift formed between Geoffrey and Danté, with Nicole blindsiding her own ally Nathan. The day before the merge, the seven members of the Ta'alo tribe forged the "Spitshaker Seven" alliance.

The tribes merged at 13 with 5 original Laumei members, 4 original Sa'ula members and 4 original Ta'alo members. The Spitshaker Seven voted out Meryl and Geoffrey for being threats, before Rob, Nicole and Steffi decided to turn on their own and orchestrate the blindside of Seipei in a power move. Danté tried to rally the bottom members of the alliance to take down Rob, but was ultimately ignored due to his aggression and being perceived as a physical threat. A major fight broke out at camp between Jacques and Rob's core alliance, which resulted in the former being ostracised in the tribe. Mike made his own plans to take down Rob's core alliance, which was foiled due to Durão choosing to stay loyal to Rob. Rob and Nicole proceeded to eliminate any member of the tribe who showed any display of disloyalty to them, leaving them and Durão as the Final Three.

At Final Tribal Council, the final three received heavy criticism from the jury; Durão for being perceived as a confused coattail rider, and Rob and Nicole for their betrayals and perceived sanctimonious attitude. Despite the hostility from the jury, Rob and Nicole received votes with Durão receiving none, and ultimately, Rob was rewarded for his control of the game, winning the title of Sole Survivor in a close 6-4-0 vote.

Episode Air Date Challenges Exiled Eliminated
(vote)
Finish
Reward Immunity
1 "I Just Want to Fix Your Crown" May 16, 2019 Laumei1 Ta'alo Rocco Lee-Anne
(5-2)
1st Voted Out
Day 3
Sa'ula1 Paul
Laumei
Ta'alo1 Cobus
2 "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back" May 23, 2019 Laumei2,3 Rob Paul
(4-1)
2nd Voted Out
Day 5
Ta'alo3
None Ta'alo3
3 "The Gods Have Smiled Upon Me" May 30, 2019 Sa'ula2 Tania Ting Ting
(4-2)4
3rd Voted Out
Day 7
Laumei2
4 "I'm Not Gonna Buy This B.S." June 6, 2019 Ta'alo2 Seipei Rose-Lee
(3-2)
4th Voted Out
Day 9
Sa'ula2
5 "It's Time for a Hail Mary" June 13, 2019 Ta'alo Ta'alo Geoffrey Felix
(4-1)
5th Voted Out
Day 12
Laumei Sa'ula
6 "Let Them Play Barbie and Ken" June 20, 2019 Laumei Sa'ula Nathan Tania
(3-1)
6th Voted Out
Day 14
Ta'alo Nicole
7 "The Game Chooses for You" June 27, 2019 Ta'alo Sa'ula Steffi5 Rocco
(6-1)
7th Voted Out
Day 16
8 "Putting My Foot in My Mouth" July 4, 2019 Ta'alo Ta'alo Durão Nathan
(4-2-0)6
8th Voted Out
Day 19
9 "Are You Crying?" July 11, 2019 None Steffi Steffi7 Meryl
(7-6)
9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 22
10 "He's Delicious-Looking..." July 18, 2019 Danté,
Durão,
Geoffrey,
Mmaba
Rob Jacques Geoffrey
(9-2-1)
10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
11 "The Puppetmaster" July 25, 2019 Danté, Jacques, Mike2 Cobus,
Nicole8
Seipei
(7-2-1-1)
11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 26
Cobus8
12 "One Trick Pony" August 1, 2019 Danté
[Laetitia,
Mike,
Mmaba]
Durão Durão Danté
(5-3-1)
12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 28
13 "Trouble Council" August 8, 2019 Nicole Rob Cobus
(5-2-2)
13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 30
Steffi
Rob
Rob2
14 "The Biggest Mother" August 15, 2019 Mmaba9 Nicole Mmaba,
Steffi9
Mmaba
(5-1-0)6
14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 32
15 "The Lightbulbs Are Switching On" August 22, 2019 Survivor
Yankee
Swap
Mike Steffi Jacques
(4-3)
15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 34
16 "Someone You Can Trust" August 29, 2019 Rob2 Durão,
Mike,
Nicole
Mike
(4-1-1)
16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 35
[Laetitia,
Steffi]
17 "Icarus" September 5, 2019 Rob
[Nicole]
Rob Laetitia Steffi
(2-0-0)6
17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 37
18 "Action Speaks Louder (and Reunion)" September 12, 2019 None Rob None Laetitia
(3-1)
18th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Durão
(6-4-0)
Second Runner-Up
Nicole
(6-4-0)
Runner-Up
Rob
(6-4-0)
Sole Survivor
Notes:

^1 The tribes were instructed to collect as many items in five minutes, thus all three tribes earned reward.
^2 Combined Reward/Immunity challenge.
^3 Two Immunity Challenges were conducted. The first saw the first place tribe win reward and immunity, with the second only winning reward. A second immunity
challenge was ran between the losing tribes in the first challenge for another shot at immunity

^4 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played, however, no votes were cast against its user.
^5 By selecting the bowl of water on a tribe during the Tribe Swap, Steffi was sent to the Island of Secrets. She then be placed on the tribe that lost the following Immunity
Challenge.

^6 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, negating all votes against the user.
^7 The winner of the Immunity Challenge should sent someone to the Island of Secrets to skip Tribal Council. Steffi chose to exile herself.
^8 For picking the odd-colored rock, Cobus and Nicole were sent to the Island of Secrets where they had to duel for Individual Immunity. Cobus won.
^9 After being chosen to go to the Island of Secrets, Mmaba and Steffi got a feast and competed in a challenge for an advantage. Mmaba won the challenge.

Voting History

Survivor South Africa: Island of Secrets Voting History
Original Tribes First Tribe Switch Second Tribe Switch Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Eliminated: ZAS7 leeanne t.png
Lee-Anne
ZAS7 paul t.png
Paul
ZAS7 tingting t.png
Ting Ting
ZAS7 roselee t.png
Rose-Lee
ZAS7 felix t.png
Felix
ZAS7 tania t.png
Tania
ZAS7 rocco t.png
Rocco
ZAS7 nathan t.png
Nathan
ZAS7 meryl t.png
Meryl
ZAS7 geoffrey t.png
Geoffrey
ZAS7 seipei t.png
Seipei
ZAS7 dante t.png
Danté
ZAS7 cobus t.png
Cobus
ZAS7 mmaba t.png
Mmaba
ZAS7 jacques t.png
Jacques
ZAS7 mike t.png
Mike
ZAS7 steffi t.png
Steffi
ZAS7 laetitia t.png
Laetitia
ZAS7 durao t.png
Durão
ZAS7 nicole t.png
Nicole
ZAS7 rob t.png
Rob
Vote: 5-2 4-1 4-23 3-2 4-1 3-1 6-1 4-2-06 7-6 9-2-1 7-2-1-1 5-3-1 5-2-2 5-1-06 4-3 4-1-1 2-0-03,6 3-1 6-4-0
Rob Lee-Anne None1 Rocco Meryl Geoffrey Seipei Danté Cobus Mmaba Jacques Mike Laetitia Laetitia Jury Vote
Nicole Lee-Anne Paul Nathan Meryl Geoffrey Seipei Danté Cobus Mmaba Jacques Mike Steffi Laetitia
Durão Tania Felix Tania Nathan Meryl Geoffrey Seipei None9 Cobus Mmaba Steffi Steffi Steffi Laetitia
Laetitia Rocco Geoffrey Geoffrey Seipei Jacques Jacques Mmaba Jacques Mike Durão Nicole Rob
Steffi Lee-Anne Paul Exiled5 Exiled7 Geoffrey Seipei Danté Cobus Mmaba Jacques Mike Durão Nicole
Mike Rocco Meryl Geoffrey Seipei Jacques Cobus Jacques Steffi Nicole Rob
Jacques Cobus Rose-Lee Felix Tania Rocco Geoffrey8 Geoffrey Mmaba Danté Steffi Rob Steffi Nicole
Geoffrey8
Mmaba Nathan Meryl Danté Seipei Jacques Jacques Jacques Rob
Cobus Ting Ting Rocco Geoffrey Geoffrey Durão Danté Steffi Nicole
Danté Ting Ting Geoffrey Geoffrey Nicole Rob Cobus Rob
Seipei Lee-Anne Paul Exiled4 Felix Tania Rocco Meryl Geoffrey Mmaba Nicole
Geoffrey Nathan Meryl Danté Rob
Meryl Ting Ting Geoffrey Geoffrey Rob
Nathan Lee-Anne Paul Meryl
Rocco Rob
Tania Exiled2 Rose-Lee Felix Jacques
Felix Ting Ting Rose-Lee Durão
Rose-Lee Tania
Ting Ting Cobus
Paul Seipei Nathan
Lee-Anne Seipei
Notes:

^1 Rob wagered his vote for an advantage on Island of Secrets and lost, losing his vote at the following Tribal Council.
^2 Tania had the choice to go back to their tribe or stay at the Island of Secrets until the Tribe Switch. She decided to stay, abstaining herself from Tribal Council.
^3 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played, however, no votes were cast against its user.
^4 For finishing first at the Immunity Challenge, Ta'alo was given the opportunity to send one player to the Island of Secrets, preventing them from attending Tribal Council. They chose Seipei.
^5 Due to an odd number of players at the time of the Tribe Switch, Steffi, the odd person out was sent to the Island of Secrets and rejoined the game as a member of Ta'alo, replacing Rocco and evening the tribes at 7-7.
^6 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, negating all votes against the user.
^7 After winning the Immunity Challenge, Steffi was given the right to send one castaway to the Island of Secrets and would not attend Tribal Council. Steffi opted to send herself.
^8 This castaway used an Extra Vote advantage, allowing them to vote twice at Tribal Council.
^9 Durão gave away his vote for an advantage at the next Immunity Challenge.

Trivia

  • Production crew are also given their own customized Buffs.

    A custom Buff were handed to crew members.


References

Survivor South Africa Seasons

Panama · Malaysia · Santa Carolina · Maldives · Champions · Philippines · Island of Secrets · Immunity Island

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