Survivor South Africa is the South African version of Survivor. The series was first broadcast on September 3, 2006.


Main article: Survivor (franchise)

Format Variations

The South African version of the show follows the same basic format of the American version.


Main article: Tribe

Tribe Captains

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.

Immunity Idol

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.

Exile Island

Main article: Exile Island (twist)

Only in Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina.

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.

Tribal Council

Main article: Tribal Council


Main article: Torch


Main article: Merge

Immunity Necklace

Main article: Immunity Necklace

Final Tribal Council

Main article: Final Tribal Council

Celebrity Seasons

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.


*Survivor South Africa: Philippines was filmed in the Palawan Province of the Philippines in January-February 2018. The season lasted for 39 days. The 18 castaways were split into the Luzon and Mindanao. Later in the game, the Visayas tribe was added. The three tribes eventually merged into the [[|]] tribe. The winner was Tom Swartz, an adventure camp manager from Port Elizabeth.
  • Survivor South Africa: Island of Secrets was filmed on the island of Upolu, Samoa, and was broadcast from May to September 2019. The 21 castaways were divided into three tribes, Laumei, Sa'ula, and Ta'alo, eventually merging into the Manumalo tribe. It utilized the Island of Secrets twist, where contestants could find advantages while exiled. It was won by Rob Bentele, an events videographer.
  • Survivor South Africa: Immunity Island was announced in December 2019. On the 16th of April 2020, it was announced by M-Net that the season would be postponed indefinitely as a result of the global measures in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the safety of the film production, crew and contestants that had been cast, M-Net felt the need to halt production before it began. Afrokaans and M-Net will continue to assess the pandemic and safety situation before making plans to start up production of the season again.


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