Survivor South Africa is a South African version of the global reality competition Survivor created by Charlie Parsons, in which contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes.
The show, produced locally by Endemol South Africa, uses a system of progressive elimination, allowing the contestants to vote off other tribe members until only one final contestant remains and wins the title of "Ultimate Survivor" (in most other countries the title is "Sole Survivor").
Survivor South Africa was announced by pay channel M-Net on Tuesday 11 April, 2006 and premiered on Sunday 3 September, 2006. It later aired on DStv's M-Net Series, M-Net HD, Vuzu and M-Net Series Zone channels. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 5 premiered on M-Net Series Zone on Saturday 25 January 2014, at 13h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 18 episodes in the fifth season.
Survivor is a reality game based on the highly popular Swedish show Expedition Robinson, in which a group of castaways competes on an exotic location for a grand prize (in the case of Survivor South Africa - R1,000,000).
Producer Mark Burnett licensed the rights to the show in 2000 and renamed it Survivor, which today is a worldwide reality television hit.
The South African show is made and produced by Endemol South Africa and is co-produced by Strix Entertainment, the international format rights holder.
Strix provided all the resources and infrastructure (including camera crews) for all Immunity Challenges and Tribal Councils. Strix also provided the logging facilities for the daily rushes.
South Africa was the 35th country to produce its own Survivor.
Season 1: Vanessa Marawa
Season 2: Lorette Mostert
Season 3: GiGi
Season 4: Hykie Berg
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 3 Sep 2006 | Finale: 26 Nov 2006 | Sundays, 18h00
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 8 Sep 2006 | Finale: 1 Dec 2006 | Fridays, 22h00
Season 2 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 22 Aug 2007 | Finale: 14 Nov 2007 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 24 Aug 2007 | Finale: 16 Nov 2007 | Fridays, 22h00
Season 3 (14 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 20 Jan 2010 | Finale: 21 Apr 2010 | Wednesdays, 19h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 20 Jan 2010 | Finale: 21 Apr 2010 | Wednesdays, 19h30
Season 4 (14 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 24 Feb 2011 | Finale: 26 May 2011 | Thursdays, 19h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 24 Feb 2011 | Finale: 26 May 2011 | Thursdays, 19h30
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 4 Jun 2011 | Finale: 3 Sep 2011 | Saturdays, 15h30
Season 5 (18 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 19 Jan 2014 | Finale: 18 May 2014 | Sun, 17h30
Channel: MS Zone | Premiere: 25 Jan 2014 | Finale: 24 May 2014 | Sat, 13h00