Survivor: Africa

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Survivor: Africa
Presented byJeff Probst
No. of episodes14
No. of days39
No. of castaways16
WinnerEthan Zohn
Production location(s)Shaba National Reserve, Kenya
Filming datesJuly 11 (2001-07-11) –
August 18, 2001 (2001-08-18)
Original releaseOctober 11, 2001 (2001-10-11) –
January 10, 2002 (2002-01-10)
Preceded bySurvivor: The Australian Outback
Followed bySurvivor: Marquesas

Survivor: Africa was the third season of the United States reality show Survivor. It was filmed in 2001 and was shown on TV from October 11, 2001 - January 10, 2002 on CBS. It was set in Kenya's Shaba National Reserve on the African continent.

The two starting tribes were Boran and Samburu (named after the real-life Borana and Samburu tribes). In the fifth episode, after 12 days, three members from each team were sent to the other team, in what became known as the first twist in the Survivor series. The players then knew that they must be ready for the most sudden changes; future seasons would have similar twists. Later on, the two tribes merged (combined) into a new tribe, which the players named "Moto Maji" (Kiswahili for 'fire' and 'water').

This season was also the first to have a tiebreaker challenge: in the season before, the person that had most votes against them in earlier Tribal Councils was voted out in such a situation, but in Samburu's first tribal council, Carl Bilancione and Lindsey Richter each had four votes. The two competed in a nature quiz tiebreaker, the loser of which was eliminated.

During the finale (last episode), the producers made it look like the votes were being read at the Final Tribal Council right after the votes were cast. Jeff Probst went to get the voting urn and, when he returned, it appeared he had returned to the Tribal Council site to read the votes. However, he was actually on a CBS sound stage in Hollywood (with a live audience) that was made up to look like the site. This was told after he read the votes and said who won. The players were told to try to make themselves look like they were at the last Tribal Council and the audience was told to hold any cheering or clapping until after they said who won.

There were thirteen episode, plus a mid-season recap, a live reunion/interview with Bryant Gumbel after the finale, and a "where are they now" show. The winner, Ethan Zohn, was revealed on January 10, 2002, where he won against Kim Johnson by a vote of 5-2.

Ethan Zohn, Lex van den Berghe, and Tom "Big Tom" Buchanan returned in Survivor: All-Stars, where they placed 11th, 9th, and 5th.

Players[change | change source]

List of Survivor: Africa contestants
Contestant Original tribe Switched tribe Merged tribe Finish
Diane Ogden
42, Lincoln, Nebraska
Boran 1st voted out
Day 3
Jessie Camacho
26, Orlando, Florida
Boran 2nd voted out
Day 6
Carl Bilancione
46, Winter Springs, Florida
Samburu 3rd voted out
Day 9
Linda Spencer
44, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Samburu 4th voted out
Day 12
Silas Gaither
23, Germantown, Tennessee
Samburu Boran 5th voted out
Day 15
Lindsey Richter
26, Portland, Oregon
Samburu Samburu 6th voted out
Day 18
Clarence Black
24, Detroit, Michigan
Boran Boran Moto Maji 7th voted out
Day 21
Kelly Goldsmith
22, Rancho Santa Fe, California
Boran Samburu 8th voted out
1st jury member
Day 24
Brandon Quinton
25, Dallas, Texas
Samburu Samburu 9th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 27
Frank Garrison
43, Odessa, New York
Samburu Boran 10th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 30
Kim Powers
29, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Samburu Samburu 11th voted out
4th jury member
Day 33
Teresa Cooper
42, Jackson, Georgia
Samburu Boran 12th voted out
5th jury member
Day 36
Tom Buchanan
45, Rich Valley, Virginia
Boran Samburu 13th voted out
6th jury member
Day 37
Lex van den Berghe
38, Santa Cruz, California
Boran Samburu 14th voted out
7th jury member
Day 38
Kim Johnson
56, Oyster Bay, New York
Boran Boran Runner-up
Ethan Zohn
27, Lexington, Massachusetts
Boran Boran Sole Survivor
The Total Votes is the number of votes a player got during Tribal Councils where the player is able to be voted out of the game. It does not count the votes they got during the final Tribal Council.

The game[change | change source]

Challenge winners and eliminations by episode
Episode title Original air date Challenge winner(s)[1] Eliminated Finish
Reward Immunity
"Question of Trust" October 11, 2001 Samburu[a] Diane 1st voted out
Day 3
"Who's Zooming Whom?" October 18, 2001 Samburu Samburu Jessie 2nd voted out
Day 6
"The Gods Are Angry" October 25, 2001 Boran Boran Carl 3rd voted out
Day 9
"The Young and Untrusted" November 1, 2001 Samburu Boran Linda 4th voted out
Day 12
"The Twist" November 8, 2001 Boran Samburu Silas 5th voted out
Day 15
"I'd Never Do It To You" November 15, 2001 Samburu Boran Lindsey 6th voted out
Day 18
"Will There Be a Feast Tonight?" November 22, 2001 None[b] Teresa Clarence 7th voted out
Day 21
"Smoking Out the Snake" December 6, 2001 Ethan
Ethan Kelly 8th voted out
1st jury member
Day 24
"Dinner, Movie and a Betrayal" December 13, 2001 Brandon, Frank Lex Brandon 9th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 27
"We Are Family" December 20, 2001 Survivor Auction Lex Frank 10th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 30
"The Big Adventure" December 27, 2001 Lex
Tom Kim P. 11th voted out
4th jury member
Day 33
"Truth Be Told" January 3, 2002 Lex Lex Teresa 12th voted out
5th jury member
Day 36
"The Final Four: No Regrets" January 10, 2002 None Kim J. Tom 13th voted out
6th jury member
Day 37
Kim J. Lex 14th voted out
7th jury member
Day 38
"The Reunion" January 10, 2002 Jury vote
Kim J. Runner-up
Ethan Sole Survivor
In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.
  1. Combined reward and immunity challenge.
  2. There was no reward challenge due to tribal merge.

Voting history[change | change source]

Starting tribes Mixed tribes Merged tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Reunion
Eliminated: Diane
6/8 votes
5/7 votes
4/8 votes1
4/7 votes
5/6 votes
3/6 votes2
8/10 votes
5/9 votes
6/8 votes
6/7 votes
Kim P.
4/6 votes
4/5 votes
3/4 votes
1 vote
Kim J.
2/7 votes
5/7 votes
Voter Vote
Ethan Diane Jessie Silas Clarence Kelly Brandon Frank Kim P. Teresa Tom Jury Vote
Kim J. Diane Jessie Silas Clarence Kelly Brandon Frank Kim P. Teresa Tom Lex
Lex Diane Jessie Lindsey Clarence Kelly Frank Frank Kim P. Teresa Tom Ethan
Tom Clarence Clarence Lindsey Clarence Kelly Brandon Frank Kim P. Teresa Lex Ethan
Teresa Lindsey Silas Silas Lex Lex Brandon Frank Lex Tom Ethan
Kim P. Carl Linda Tom Clarence Lex Brandon Frank Lex Kim J.
Frank Lindsey Silas Silas Clarence Lex Brandon Kim J. Ethan
Brandon Carl Linda Tom Clarence Kelly Frank Kim J.
Kelly Diane Jessie Lindsey Clarence Lex Ethan
Clarence Diane Jessie Silas Lex
Lindsey Carl Linda Tom
Silas Carl Linda Frank
Linda Lindsey Silas
Carl Lindsey
Jessie Diane Clarence
Diane Clarence

Note 1: Lindsey and Carl competed in a nature quiz tiebreaker, which Carl lost.
Note 2: Lindsey was eliminated because she had four previous votes against her.

Controversy[change | change source]

There was some controversy about an immunity challenge in the last episode. In a "Fallen Comrades" challenge, where the players were asked questions about players in the game who had been voted out, the last question was "Which female contestant has no piercings?" The official answer, given by Kim Johnson to earn the win, was Kelly Goldsmith. Lex van den Berghe answered the question with Lindsey Richter's name, who also had no piercings, but the producers did not know this. After the producers were told about mistake, both third place finisher van den Berghe and fourth place finisher Tom Buchanan were awarded the $100,000 runner-up prize instead of the usual third and fourth place earnings.

References[change | change source]

  1. Bindley, David (March 20, 2010). "Survivor: The Complete Challenge Guide (1st ed.)" (PDF). Retrieved December 16, 2010.

Other websites[change | change source]