|Pre-game||Episode 1||Episode 2||Episode 3|
| Day 0
| Day 1
Ep.1 RC: Blindfolded supply gathering
The tribes assemble with Nico, who instructs them to select a leader. They pick Cobus, Paul, and Rocco. The leaders then are told to select the "weakest" member of their tribe. They pick Jacques, Seipei, and Laetitia. The leaders are then sent to Island of Secrets, while the rest of the tribe participates in a "challenge" in which the "weakest" people are callers, while the others are blindfolded. The blindfolded people gather food and other survival supplies for their tribes. Meanwhile, Jacques spies an advantage at the far end of the course, has his tribe bring it back, and pocked the advantage (it's an extra vote).
Jacques gets extra vote.
Ep.1 Island of Secrets: Choice
After Cobus, Paul, and Rocco are sent to Island of Secrets, they discover a choice awaits of them. They can pick between flint for their tribe, or an immunity idol clue. Rocco chooses flint, Cobus and Paul choose the clue (Paul plans to share it with his tribe). Rocco sneaks the clue out of Paul's pocket, and thus has both.
| Day 2
Ep.1 Sa'ula idol
After Paul shares his idol clue with the tribe, they collectively search for it, and Nicole figures out where to dig. She digs up the idol, and it becomes a "tribe idol," albeit temporarily in Paul's bag. Later, it's hung on a tree, and given to Nathan to wear to Tribal Council.
| Day 3
Ep.1 Immunity Challenge
Starting on a platform in the water, tribes must disassemble a 12-piece cube puzzle. They must then carry the pieces across a water obstacle course, then reassemble them on a platform on the beach. Puzzle takes 1 hr, 30 minutes before Ta'alo wins. Laumei second shortly thereafter. Both win immunity, Sa'ula loses.
TC1 - Lee-Anne voted out (5-2), 20 left.
| Day 4
Ep.2 Ta'alo idol
Cobus enlists Jacques to help him on an early-morning idol hunt, hoping to use the time as a strategic bonding effort. Instead, Jacques uses the clue to misdirect Cobus, then finds and pockets the idol himself. He does not tell Cobus he's found it.
Tania, Laetitia sit out. Combined reward/immunity challenge, but only one tribe wins immunity, while the first two tribes win reward. Second- and third-place tribes must compete in a second immunity challenge later. For each tribe, one person (Jacques, Rocco, Steffi) moves around picking up balls and cups and stacking them, but is tethered to heavy bag of coconuts, which the rest of the tribe must lift up. One additional person (Meryl, ?, Nicole) is apparently allowed to run out and pick up balls and cups that have fallen over. Laumei works well together, and Rocco quickly finishes, wins immunity for Laumei; Jacques is second, Ta'Alo wins reward. Laumei picks chickens for their reward, Ta'Alo gets fishing gear. Laumei then sends Rob to Island of Secrets, where he plays a game and loses his vote at the next Tribal.
Ep2 IoS: Rob loses vote.
| Day 5
Ep.2 IC: Water Slaughter
Only Ta'alo and Sa'ula attend (Laumei already immune). Rob returns, Jacques sits out. Contestants must, in pairs, run through the water to a ring, then bring it back to their tribe's pole, while preventing the opposing pair from doing so, as seen in the Caramoan Ep1 RC. Results: Round 1. Dante/Felix d. Rob/Paul (T1, S0). 2. Cobus/Tania d. Nate/Seipei (T2, S0). 3. Steffi/Nicole d. Ting-Ting/Meryl (T2, S1). Medics check Nate's foot, he's out for rest of challenge. 4. Dante/Felix d. Paul/Rob; Ta'Alo wins immunity, 3-1.
TC2 - Paul voted out (4-1), 19 left.
| Day 6
Ep.3 RC/IC: Mudslide
Ting Ting, Tania; Rose-Lee, Mmaba sit out. As seen in HvV. In pairs (or solo), contestants must cross a muddy obstacle course, grab a flag, then race back and place their flag in a basket. First to three flags wins. Rd.1: Rob/Nate d. Dante/Cobus and Mike/Durao (S1); Rd.2: Rocco d. Jacques, Seipei (S1, L1). Rd.3: Steffi/Nicole d. Felix/Meryl and Laetitia/Geoffrey (S2, L1, T0). Rd.4: Rob/Nate d. Jacques/Cobus and Durao/Geoff - Sa'ula wins, 3-1-0! Sudden death round for second immunity: Rocco v. Dante. Rocco wins, Laumei immune. Sa'ula gets comfort items, sends Tania to IoS. Laumei gets tarp and flint.
Ep.3 Island of Secrets
Tania goes to Island of Secrets, where she is given a choice: Return to her tribe the next day, or stay an extra night on Island of Secrets, avoid Tribal Council, and rejoin the game at the swap (a.k.a. swop). Additionally, she can join the tribe of her choice after the swap, and can bump the player of her choice to the tribe with 5 people, if she decides to join one that already has 6. Naturally, she chooses the second option.
|Episode 3||Episode 4||Episode 5||Episode 6|
| Day 7
TC3 - Ting Ting voted out (4-2), 18 left.
| Day 8
Ep.4 swap (swop)
The tribes assemble, learn of Ting Ting's departure, then drop their buffs. After two new tribes of six (Sa'ula and Ta'alo) and one of five (Laumei) are formed, Tania is brought in to play her advantage: choosing her new tribe. She picks Laumei. All depart for their new camps.
Shortly after arriving at Laumei camp, Jacques sneaks away and races to the well, where he immediately digs up the Laumei idol, in the exact same spot as his now-flushed Ta'alo one. Like hitting a reset button.
| Day 9
Ep.4 RC/IC: Plank train, sandbags
Contestants must walk on planks around/across obstacles, until they reach a tribemate. Then connect their planks with a pin, so that they now walk in a train, which eventually stretches up to 4 people long. Sa'ula and Ta'alo move quickly; Durão struggles with the first part for Laumei. The four train contestants must finally retrieve a key, then hand over the the planks to the remaining two people (Rocco/Laetitia, Steffi/Mike, Jacques/Felix) to solve a staircase puzzle. They then climb the stairs, and must land 5 sandbags on distant crates. First tribe to land all five wins Steers rib feast, barbecue items, and spices. Second place wins immunity and two racks of pre-cooked ribs to share. Sandbags landed: Laetitia-2, Rocco-3; Steffi-3, Mike-2; Jacques-3, Felix-1. Ta'alo has a huge lead, but Sa'ula eventually catches up on sandbags at 4-4. Then Laumei also catches up, 4-4-4. But Ta'alo wins, Sa'ula is second. Ta'alo sends Seipei to IoS (nothing hidden there, just safety from Tribal).
TC4 - Rose-Lee voted out (3-2), 17 left.
| Day 10
Ep5 RC: Ta'alo wins, Laumei 2nd.
Ep5 IoS: Geoffrey gets candy.
| Day 11
Ep5 IC: Ta'alo wins, Sa'ula 2nd.
Meryl grabs idol at IC.
TC5 - Felix voted out (4-1), 16 left.
| Day 12
| Day 13
Ep6 RC: (Slingshot, nets) - Laumei wins.
Ep6 IoS: Nathan, Nicole get half-idols.
|Episode 6||Episode 7||Episode 8||Episode 9|
| Day 14
Ep6 IC: "Discy Business" - Sa'ula wins, Ta'alo 2nd.
TC6 - Tania voted out (3-1), 15 left.
| Day 15
The contestants are brought together and once again told to drop their buffs, but it's not the merge, it's swap #2. One by one, they approach a bank of paint buckets, lift the lid, and dip their hands in the paint (purple or teal), sending them to the new (new) Ta'alo or Sa'ula. Steffi's bucket contains just water. She's sent to Island of Secrets, where she will wait until joining the IC-losing tribe after their next Tribal Council (although she later shows up to watch the IC).
Ep.7 RC: Spoon Man
As seen in San Juan del Sur, except now in group format. The two new tribes immediately face off for a reward of the now-defunct Laumei's old reward items. Each person controls one paddle, and as a tribe must pass three balls (one at a time) around barriers and eventually into a final ramp. First tribe to place all three balls wins. Ta'alo takes an early lead, wins easily.
| Day 16
Ep.7 IC: Hot Pursuit
As first seen in Palau. Tribes are tethered together, each carrying a heavy sandbag, and must race around an oval track, through shallow water, and try to catch the opposing tribe. Tribe members can drop out by passing their sandbag to a tribemate. Despite Nico's pleas for someone to do that, nobody does until late in the race, when Laetitia finally hands her weight off to Cobus. Sa'ula catches Ta'alo shortly thereafter, as a flying Dante tags the trailing Rocco.
TC7 - Rocco voted out (6-1), 14 left.
| Day 17
| Day 18
Ep.8 RC: Kicking and Screaming
As seen in Cook Islands, Cagayan, etc. One person holds onto a wooden pole, while two people from the opposing tribe try to pull them off and drag them across the finish line. First tribe to three points wins. Rd.1: Dante, Durao vs. Mike; Cobus, Rob vs. Nathan - Nathan comes off quickly, Ta'alo 1, Sa'ula 0. Rd.2: Dante, Nicole vs. Mike; Rob, Steffi vs. Durao - Rob drags Durao quickly, T-2, S-0. Rd.3: Laetitia, Steffi vs. Nicole; Meryl, Mmaba vs. Seipei - Seipei refuses to move, Ta'alo sweeps, 3-0. They win pizza, sodas, send Durao to Island of Secrets. (Geoffrey, Jacques don't actually participate, but technically don't sit out.)
Ep.8 Island of Secrets
Durao arrives at Island of Secrets, and learns he's just been given (no game involved) a limited-use idol, good only at the Episode 8 Tribal Council. He's also told the merge will take place the day after that Tribal Council, so he's guaranteed to make the merge. Even with that guarantee, Durao still decides to risk it, and not play the idol, preferring to keep it around as a fake.
| Day 19
Ep.8 IC: Balls, poles, blindfolded wheel maze
Two pairs of people (Steffi/Rob, Mike/Cobus; Mmaba/Geoff, Meryl/Dante) must transport a ball on a pole across a series of obstacles. Once both reach the end, one more person (Seipei; Nicole) directs two blindfolded people to move each ball through a rotating circular maze. Sa'ula is first to get both balls out of maze, but they fling the winning ball away from the collecting basket, giving Ta'alo an easy win.
TC8 - Nathan voted out (4-2-), 13 left.
| Day 20
The tribes come together again, drop their buffs, and are finally merged. Nico gives them new red buffs, with the name "Manumalo," meaning "winner." They then are treated to a feast menu provided by Steers: Burgers, ribs, fries, and milkshakes. Various Amigos inquire as to what happened to Nate, but Nicole pledges to tell them later. Meanwhile, Dante and Meryl talk extensively to their original Ta'alo tribemates, Jacques and Cobus.
|Episode 9||Episode 10||Episode 11||Episode 12|
| Day 21
| Day 22
Ep.9 IC: When It Rains
As seen in many past seasons. Contestants must stand on a narrow perch, and have boths hands cuffed to a bar above their head. If they lower their arms, a bucket of watery paint above their head tips, they are covered in paint, and they are out of the challenge. Order out: 13. Laetitia (immediately), 12. Dante, 11. Mike, 10. Seipei, 9. Mmaba, 8. Durao, 7. Meryl (the last three as Nicole talks about food). After 1 hour: 6. Cobus. After 2 hrs, all must switch to one foot: 5. Jacques, 4. Nicole, 3. Rob, 2. Geoffrey, 1. Steffi wins (2 hrs, 35 minutes)! She sends... herself (?!) to IoS..
TC9 - Meryl voted out (7-6), 12 left.
| Day 23
Four teams selected by schoolyard pick: Purple: Durao (Captain), Mmaba, Dante, Geoffrey; Yellow: Cobus (C), Steffi, Laetitia, Seipei; Teal: Nicole (C), Jacques, Mike, Rob. Teams must cross a series of obstacles, collecting bags of discs along the way. At the end, they must slide the discs up a ramp and into a basket. First team to land 10 discs wins a trip to a spa. Rob, Dante, Cobus/Steffi shoot the discs. Yellow lands none, Rob 7, Dante 10. Purple wins!
Ep.10 IoS - Reward steal advantage
Jacques is sent to Island of Secrets, where he is given the reward steal "advantage," which he dutifully claims is an actual advantage.
| Day 24
Ep.10 IC - Last Gasp
Jacques, Cobus, and Seipei opt to sit out for nachos and margaritas, instead of competing. As originally seen in Palau, contestants must stay under a metal grate while the tide rises, until they drop out. Last remaining wins. Order out: 9. Mmaba, 8. Durao, 7. Mike, 6. Laetitia. [30 minutes] 5. Dante, 4. Nicole. [1 hour] 3. Geoffrey, 2. Steffi, 1. Rob wins!
TC10 - Geoffrey voted out (9-2-1), 11 left.
| Day 25
Ep.11 RC/IC - Tile puzzle, obstacles
In camp, the contestants draw colored tiles from a bag that assign them to teams: Yellow (Dante, Jacques, Mike), Teal (Rob, Steffi, Laetitia), and Purple (Seipei, Durao, Mmaba). Cobus and Nicole draw white tiles, go to IoS. At the challenge: One by one, contestants must release a (color-coded) tile, carry it across an obstacle course, then place it in a 4x4 frame. Once all tiles are placed, the team must rearrange them so that no color is repeated in a row or column. Yellow is working on their puzzle while teal still has two tiles to retrieve, and purple has four. Yellow wins triple individual immunities, plus a trip to a waterfall feast (spaghetti and wine).
Ep.11 IoS duel - Tangram
Sent to IoS on Day 25, Cobus and Nicole have to race head-to-head in a duel to complete a tangram puzzle. Cobus wins, and receives immunity, valid at Tribal the next day.
| Day 26
TC11 - Seipei voted out (7-2-1-1), 10 left.
| Day 27
Ep.12 RC: Cylinders
First stage: maneuver a cylinder along a rope wrapped around obstacles. First six advance. Results: Cobus, Steffi, Dante, Nicole, Jacques, and... Rob (who narrowly beats Laetitia) advance. Second stage: Dig in a sand pit, remove 12 cylinders. First three advance. Results: Dante, Rob, and ... Jacques (narrowly eliminating Cobus) do so. Third stage: Carry the cylinders on a tray across a balance beam, then use the designs on the end of each cylinder to finish a logo puzzle. First to finish an overnight trip to a Samoan village. Results: Dante is first to puzzle, first to finish. He picks Mike, Laetitia, Mmaba to join him, and sends Durao to IoS. Placement: 1. Dante, 2. Jacques, 3. Rob. 4. Cobus, 5-t. Steffi, Nicole. 7. Laetitia, 8-t. Mike, Mmaba, Durao.
Ep.12 IoS: Cheat code
Sent to IoS on Day 27, Durao is given the chance to trade in his vote at the next Tribal Council, in exchange for a "cheat code" (answer sheet) that, if he memorizes it, will help him win the next immunity challenge. He takes this offer, and cannot vote at the next Tribal.
|Episode 12||Episode 13||Episode 14||Episode 15|
| Day 28
Ep.12 IC: Flash Back
As seen in San Juan del Sur. Nico flashes a series of symbols (first round - 9, second - 12, third - 15). Contestants must then use an answer cube to show Nico the same symbols, in order. Anyone who misses a symbol is eliminated. Rd.1: 10. Rob (4th symbol), 8-tie. Mike, Steffi (6th), 7. Laetitia (7th). Rd.2: 6. Dante (2nd symbol), 5. Cobus (3rd), 4. Mmaba (4th), 3. Jacques (8th), 2. Nicole (9th). 1. Durao wins! (With a tiny bit of help.)
TC12 - Dante voted out (5-3-1), 9 left.
| Day 29
Ep.13 RC: Push Me, Pull You
As first seen in Nicaragua. Contestants must prevent a steel rod from dropping and breaking a tile by pulling sideways on two handles. The twist: There are three rewards (a meal, an advantage, letters from home), and the contestants will compete only against other people who chose the same reward (as in Kaoh Rong). Competing for food: Nicole, Durao. Competing for letters from home: Mike, Laetitia, Jacques, Steffi, Cobus. Competing for advantage: Rob, Mmaba. Food duel: Durao drops out quickly, gives reward to Nicole. Letters duel, order out: 5. Jacques, 4. Laetitia, 3. Cobus, 2. Mike drops out to let 1. Steffi win. Advantage duel: 2. Mmaba, 1. Rob wins ... and gets sent to IoS.
Ep.13 Island of Secrets
Rob arrives at Island of Secrets and learns his "advantage" is practicing the snake maze from the upcoming immunity challenge. Oh, and also ... the same feast Nicole won, plus his letter from home. Food for the body and soul.
| Day 30
Ep.13 IC: Bow, snake maze
Contestants must carry three balls (one at a time) on a bow (as in "Bow-Diddley") across and through obstacles, then place them on a track. When all three balls are through, they must run them along a snake maze track, placing them at different spots along the track. Order to snake maze: Rob, Cobus, Jacques, Steffi. (Durao, Nicole eventually get to the maze.) Mike, Mmaba, Laetitia, no balls through. Rob, Cobus, Jacques all place two balls, each drops on at least one attempt at third, but Rob eventually wins. He also gets a month free use of a Mahindra XUV 300 back in South Africa.
TC13 - Cobus voted out (5-2-2), 8 left.
| Day 31
Ep.14 IoS duel: Connect Four
The tribe receives treemail directing them to select two people to attend Island of Secrets. After initially picking Mmaba and Laetitia (neither of whom had been yet), Steffi decides she ought to go instead of Laetitia, since the core alliance doesn't trust Mmaba and Laetitia completely. Somehow, Steffi prevails. Once there, they receive a huge feast, replete with Bio Strath. Then they must play a giant game of Connect Four on the beach. First to win three games wins advantage. Mmaba sweeps, 3-0, and receives instructions on how to retrieve an idol from the lid of the voting urn at the next Tribal. (She does so, then doesn't use it).
| Day 32
Ep.14 IC: Keys, puzzle
Starting on the beach, contestants must swim out to a cage, dive down, release a key, and take it back to the beach. There they must open a box, releasing ropes. They must shake the ropes to release another key. That key opens a box, where they untie knots, releasing puzzle pieces. First to complete the (squid) puzzle wins. Rob, Jacques have an early lead on the puzzle, Steffi, Nicole soon join them. Eventually, all but Mmaba are there. Nicole wins, Jacques is just behind her.
TC14 - Mmaba voted out (5--1), 7 left.
| Day 31
Ep.15 Non-RC: Auction/white elephant exchange
Castaways arrive at what looks like an auction, but instead of bidding, they draw for spots. Nicole is first, and gets a chocolate cake. Next player can either take Nicole's reward, or what Nico pulls up next. Each successive player is able to steal any reward already claimed. When someone steals another's reward, the person who is stolen from automatically gets what Nico has. Additionally, some items remain covered until the end. After the final item is presented, Nicole then gets the chance to steal. Final items at the end: 1. Nicole - ability to have some of anyone else's food. 2. Laetitia - bangers and mash. 3. Mike - the remaining letters from home. He's able to give one person theirs, and picks Laetitia. 4. Jacques - bacon and eggs. 5. Durao - bulltongue (jerky) and beer. 6. Steffi - sent to IoS. 7. Rob - chocolate cake.
Ep.15 Island of Secrets
Steffi is visited by her best friend, Gina. They eat kebabs and drink milk, and Gina advises Steffi about her game.
| Day 34
Ep.15 IC: Teeter Tower
As seen in the F5 IC from South Pacific. Build a house of cards on a wobbly platform, held up by a rope with one hand. Everyone drops their stack at least once, but eventually, it's a close race at the end between Rob and Mike, and Mike wins. Scoring: 1. Mike, 2-tie everyone else.
A desperate Jacques heads out in search of an idol. He passes the location of one, in tree roots near the well. But not Laetitia, she looks all around the well and finds the idol. She pledge to keep it secret (which she sticks to for close to 24 hours).
TC15 - Jacques voted out (4-3), 6 left.
|Episode 16||Episode 17||Episode 18||Game over|
| Day 35
Ep.16 RC/IC: Loved ones
Loved ones: Nicole's boyfriend, Clint; Durao's mom, Teana?; Laetitia's daughter, Leandre; Steffi's friend, Gina (again!); Rob's mom, Rosey; Mike's dad, Wade. Challenge performed in pairs with loved ones: Contestants are handcuffed to a pole, loved ones must untie knots on a box, open it, remove a small crate, fill it with sandbags, and also retrieve a key to unlock the contestant. Together, they then advance to the second stage, where the contestant throws sandbags to knock five blocks off of (distant) pedestals. Rob is first unlocked, and knocks off all five blocks before anyone else even has one (although all are eventually unlocked). In addition to immunity, Rob also gets reward: an authentic South African braai. He picks Laetitia and Steffi (and loved ones) to join him. Mike, Nicole, Durao sent to IoS without loved ones.
TC16 - Mike voted out (4-1-1), 5 left.
| Day 36
Ep.17 RC: Over Extended
Contestants must balance a heavy goblet on the end of a pole, held by one hand. At regular intervals, Nico will tell them to add an additional length of pole, until only person is left still holding their goblet. Winner gets a trip to Manono Island to see bats. Order out: 5. Steffi (5 segments of pole), 4. Laetitia (also 5), 3. Durao (also 5), 2. Nicole (adding 6th), 1. Rob wins! He sends Laetitia to IoS, brings Nicole along with him.
Ep.17 Island of Secrets
Laetitia arrives and learns she's been given a vote nullifier, which can be used to block a single person from voting, at either the Final 5 or Final 4 Tribal Councils.
| Day 37
Ep.17 IC: Maze, 3-tier puzzle
Contestants must run in to a huge maze and collect (one at a time) five bags of puzzle pieces. Once all five are retrieved, they must then complete the three-tiered puzzle from the Kaoh Rong Final 4 IC. Order to puzzle: Rob, Durao, Steffi, Nicole, Laetitia. Rob holds his lead, and wins easily.
TC17 - Steffi idoled out 2--, 4 left.
| Day 38
Ep.18 IC: The Ball Drop
As seen in the F4 IC from Philippines. Contestants must balance a ball on a cylinder that's been cut into multiple pieces, using handles at each end to hold the pieces together. At regular intervals, they must add more pieces on each end, making the task more difficult. Order out: 4. Laetitia (3 pieces), 3. Durao (5 pieces), 2. Nicole (5 pieces), 1. Rob wins!
TC18 - Laetitia voted out (3-1), 3 left.
| Day 39
Final tribal council and jury vote.
Rob wins, 6-4-0.
Cast returns home, resumes Instagram influencing.
| Day 0