- Main article: Survivor (franchise)
The South African version of the show follows the same basic format of the American version.
- Main article: Tribe
The fifth season of the show introduced two South African sports champions as captains of the tribes. They would live at the camps, compete in the challenges with the tribes, and made some decisions, but they couldn't be voted out nor have a vote at Tribal Council. However, both of them would vote at the Final Tribal Council to help to decide the winner.
- Main article: Immunity Idol
Hidden Immunity Idol
- Main article: Hidden Immunity Idol
Unlike the American version of the show, the players in Season 5, Survivor South Africa: Champions, were allowed to steal Hidden Immunity Idols from other's possessions.
- Main article: Exile Island (twist)
Dead Man's Island
- Main article: Redemption Island (international twist)
Used only in Survivor South Africa: Panama, the castaways voted out after the merge were taken to an island without knowledge of the remaining players in the game, where they would wait for a chance to compete for two spots to re-enter the game at the Final Three.
- Main article: Tribal Council
- Main article: Torch
- Main article: Merge
- Main article: Immunity Necklace
Final Tribal Council
- Main article: Final Tribal Council
The cast of the third season of the show was compound of eighteen South African celebrities, each of whom was playing the game to raise money for a charity of their choice.
The fourth season had its cast made up by nine South African celebrities, competing with ten regular South African citizens.
|Season||Tribes||Filming Location||Filming Dates||Season Run||Sole Survivor||Runner(s)-Up||Final Vote|
Survivor South Africa: Panama
|Pearl Islands, Panama||June 6, 2006 - July 5, 2006||September 3, 2006 - November 26, 2006|| 60px|
Survivor South Africa: Malaysia
|Johor, Malaysia||May 2007 – June 2007||August 22, 2007 – November 14, 2007|| 60px|
Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina
|Santa Carolina, Mozambique||November 2009 – December 2009||January 20, 2010 – April 21, 2010|| 60px|
GiGi van Schalkwyk
Survivor South Africa: Maldives
|Addu Atoll, Maldives||October 2011||February 24, 2011 – May 26, 2011|| 60px|
Survivor South Africa: Champions
|South China Sea, China||October 2013||January 19, 2014 – May 18, 2014|| 60px|
Survivor South Africa: Philippines
|El Nido, Palawan, Philippines||January 15, 2018 - February 22, 2018||May 3, 2018 - August 16, 2018|| |
Survivor SA: Island of Secrets