Survivor: Panama (South Africa)
Survivor south africa panama
Season Information
Version: South Africa
Season No.: 1
Filming Location: Pearl Islands, Panama
Filming Dates: June 6, 2006 - July 5, 2006
Season Run: September 3, 2006 – November 26, 2006
No. of Episodes: 14
No. of Days: 29
No. of Survivors: 14
Winner: Vanessa Marawa
Runner(s)-Up: Jacinda Louw
Tribes: Aguila
Opening Sequence
Season Chronology
Next: Survivor: Malaysia (South Africa)

Survivor: Panama is the first season of the South African version of Survivor. The premiere aired on the 3rd of September 2006. Vanessa Marawa defeated Jacinda Louw in a 3-2 vote, winning the R1 million prize.


A South African version of global reality phenomenon Survivor was announced by pay channel M-Net on Tuesday 11 April 2006, and was filmed on the Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama from June 6.

In Survivor: Panama (South Africa) 14 contestants were chosen from a shortlist of 700, with six additional contestants selected as replacements in case any of the original 14 were unable to take part through injury or other reasons. Entries opened for the show on April 11 and closed on May 15. More than 18,000 South Africans applied to be on the show. Pierre van Niekerk (49), a resident of Rietfontein in Pretoria, entered 1,000 times.

The show was filmed from June 6, 2006 until early July.

On July 16 M-Net announced the host of the show - Capetonian Mark Bayly, who auditioned to be a contestant and was hired as presenter instead.

Survivor: Panama (South Africa) was filmed in the Pearl Islands at the same time as five other Survivor productions: Holland, Denmark, Greece, Sweden and Turkey.[1]


  • 29 Days: Instead of the usual 39 days of the other versions of Survivor, the first season of Survivor (South Africa) was filmed in 29 days. This would change to 27 days for the next seasons.
  • Unexpected Start: The contestant were being taken to a place to take some pictures to promote the season, when the pilot of the plane they were in faked an emergency landing near a Panamanian village. The host then appeared to announce that the game had started. The tribes were divided and they were told that they would have only their belongs that could fit in one back pack for each tribe.
  • Future Vote: After Jude Wilken quit at Tribal Council, the host Mark Bayly announced to the remaining Aguila tribe they would still have to vote. After Mark read the votes, he announced that the person who had received the majority of the votes would already have a vote cast against them at their next Tribal Council.
  • Life Donation: As Sanele Gumede was medevaced, his torch wasn't extinguished. At Rana's Tribal Council next night, he showed up to give his "life" to the person who was voted out, who will be joining the Aguila tribe in his place.
  • Dead Man's Island: Starting at the merge, the castaways voted out at Tribal Council would be exiled to an island called Dead Man's Island without knowledge of the castaways remaining at the game, where they would wait to compete for two spots to re-enter the game at the Final Three.
  • Semi-Finals: At the second Final Four, the castaways would compete in a challenge where the first person out would be eliminated from the game, the last person standing would be the first finalist, and the other two people would compete in another challenge to define the second finalist.


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Dead Man's
Island Status
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
Sa1 don t Don Soper
55, Johannesburg
Rana 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Sa1 sam t Sam Allerton
30, Cape Town
Aguila 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Sa1 jude t Jude Wilken
39, Kempton Park
Aguila Quit
Day 8
Sa1 ncumisa t Ncumisa Ngcaweni
30, Cape Town
Rana 3th Voted Out
Day 10
Sa1 sanele t Sanele Gumede
27, Johannesburg
Aguila Evacuated
Day 12
Sa1 danielle t Danielle Vukic
35, Cape Town
Rana Aguila 4th Voted Out
Day 14
Sa1 nico t Nico Hinis
43, Johannesburg
Aguila Aguila 5th Voted Out
Day 16
Sa1 lezel t Lezel Crook
28, Cape Town
Rana Rana Burba 9th Voted Out
Day 24
1st Eliminated
1st Jury Member
Day 27
Sa1 brigitte t Brigitte Willers
26, Johannesburg
Aguila Aguila 6th Voted Out
Day 19
2nd Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
Sa1 gareth t Gareth Tjasink
27, Cape Town
Rana Rana 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
Sa1 zayn t Zayn Nabbi
24, Durban
Rana Rana Eliminated
4th Jury Member
Day 28
Sa1 mzi t Mzi Tyhokolo
31, Johannesburg
Aguila Aguila 7th Voted Out
Day 21
Day 27
5th Jury Member
Day 28
Sa1 jacinda t Jacinda Louw
25, Johannesburg
Rana Rana Runner-Up 1
Sa1 vanessa t Vanessa Marawa
27, Durban
Aguila Aguila 8th Voted Out
Day 22
Day 27
Sole Survivor

Season Summary

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Episode Guide

Episode Air Date Dead Man's Island Challenges Voted Off Vote Status
Inhabitant(s) Eliminated Finish Reward Immunity
Episode 1 September 3, 2006 Aguila Aguila Don 4-3 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Episode 2 September 10, 2006 Aguila Rana Sam 5-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Episode 3 September 17, 2006 Aguila Rana Jude No Vote Quit
Day 8
Episode 4 September 24, 2006 Aguila Aguila Ncumisa 4-2 3rd Voted Out
Day 10
Episode 5 October 1, 2006 Aguila Aguila Sanele No Vote Evacuated
Day 12
Episode 6 October 8, 2006 Aguila Rana Danielle 3-2-1 4th Voted Out
Day 14
Episode 7 October 15, 2006 Rana Rana Nico 3-1 5th Voted Out
Day 16
Episode 8 October 22, 2006 None Gareth Brigitte 4-3 6th Voted Out
Day 19
Episode 9 October 29, 2006 Brigitte Jacinda
Gareth Mzi 4-2 7th Voted Out
Day 21
Episode 10 November 5, 2006 Brigitte Vanessa
Gareth Vanessa 4-1 8th Voted Out
Day 22
Episode 11 November 12, 2006 Brigitte Gareth Gareth Lezel 3-1 9th Voted Out
Day 24
Episode 12 November 19, 2006 Brigitte Lezel 1st Eliminated
1st Jury Member
Day 27
None Mzi Gareth 3-1-1 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
Lezel Brigitte 2nd Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
Mzi Mzi Returnee
Day 27
Vanessa Vanessa
Episode 13 November 26, 2006 None Vanessa Zayn No Vote Eliminated
4th Jury Member
Day 28
Mzi No Vote Eliminated
5th Jury Member
Day 29
Finale Jury Vote Jacinda 3-2 Runner Up
Vanessa Sole Survivor

^ Sanele "gave his life" to the person voted at the Tribal Counicl after his evacuation. Danielle was not voted out, and instead changed tribes to Aguila.

Voting History

Survivor: Panama (South Africa) Voting History
Tribes Original Tribes Post-Day 13
Merged Tribe
Episode: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Finale
Voted Off: Sa1 don t
Sa1 sam t
Sa1 jude t
Sa1 ncumisa t
Sa1 sanele t
Sa1 danielle t
Sa1 nico t
Sa1 brigitte t
Sa1 mzi t
Sa1 vanessa t
Sa1 lezel t
Sa1 gareth t
Sa1 zayn t
Sa1 mzi t
Sa1 jacinda t
Sa1 vanessa t
Vote: 4-3 5-2 No Vote 4-2 No Vote 3-2-1 3-1 4-3 4-2 4-1 3-1 3-1-1 No Vote No Vote 3-2
Vanessa Sam Danielle Nico Lezel Lezel Lezel Gareth Jury Vote
Jacinda Don Ncumisa Brigitte Mzi Vanessa Lezel Gareth
Mzi Sam Danielle Nico Lezel Lezel Gareth Eliminated Vanessa
Zayn Don Danielle Brigitte Mzi Vanessa Lezel Jacinda Eliminated Vanessa
Gareth Don Ncumisa Brigitte Mzi Vanessa Lezel Zayn Jacinda
Brigitte Vanessa Mzi Nico Lezel Eliminated Vanessa
Lezel Danielle Ncumisa Brigitte Mzi Vanessa Zayn Eliminated Jacinda
Nico Sam Danielle Brigitte
Danielle Don Ncumisa Nico
Sanele Sam Evacuated
Ncumisa Danielle Danielle
Jude Sam Quit
Sam Vanessa
Don Danielle

^ Jude quit the game after she felt worried for her health. Instead of leaving, Nico received an additional vote at his next Tribal Council.
^ Sanele left the game for medical reasons.
^ Danielle was not voted out, and instead changed tribes to Aguila.


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