Africa Survivor
Filming location Shaba National Reserve, Kenya, Africa
Winner Ethan Zohn (5-2)
Original run October 11, 2001– January 10, 2002
Filming dates July 01, 2001– August 10, 2001 (approximately)
No. of episodes 14
No. of days 39
No. of survivors 16
Tribes Boran
Moto Maji
All-Stars , ,
Season chronology
Previous Survivor: The Australian Outback
Next Survivor: Marquesas

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

The two initial tribes were Boran and Samburu (named for the real-life Borana and Samburu tribes). In the fifth episode, after 12 days, three members from each team were switched to the other team, in what became known as the first "twist" in the Survivor series. This emphasized that the players must be ready for the most sudden changes; future seasons would have similar twists. Eventually the two tribes merged into the Moto Maji (Kenyan for fire & water) tribe.

This season was also the first to have a tiebreaker challenge: in the previous season, the person with the most previous votes was voted out in such a situation, but in their first tribal council Carl Bilancione and Lindsey Richter both received four votes. The pair competed in a nature quiz tiebreaker, the loser of which was eliminated.

During the finale, the producers made it appear that the votes were being read at the site of the Final Tribal Council immediately after the votes were cast. Jeff Probst went to get the voting urn and, when he returned, it appeared he had returned directly 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 revealed after he read the votes and announced the winner. The contestants were told to try to make themselves appear as they had looked during the last Tribal Council and the audience was told to hold any cheering or applause until after the winner was announced.

Thirteen episodes were aired, 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 defeated Kim Johnson by a vote of 5-2.

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


Contestant Original Tribe Swapped Tribe Merged Tribe Finish Total votes
Diane Ogden Boran 1st Voted OutDay 3 6
Jessie Camacho Boran 2nd Voted OutDay 6 5
Carl Bilancione Samburu 3rd Voted OutDay 9 4
Linda Spencer Samburu 4th Voted OutDay 12 4
Silas Gaither Samburu Boran 5th Voted OutDay 15 8
Lindsey Richter Samburu Samburu 6th Voted OutDay 18 7
Clarence Black Boran Boran Moto Maji 7th Voted OutDay 21 12
Kelly Goldsmith Boran Samburu 8th Voted Out
1st Jury MemberDay 24
Brandon Quinton Samburu Samburu 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury MemberDay 27
Frank Garrison Samburu Boran 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury MemberDay 30
Kim Powers Samburu Samburu 11th Voted Out
4th Jury MemberDay 33
Teresa Cooper Samburu Boran 12th Voted Out
5th Jury MemberDay 36
Tom Buchanan Boran Samburu 13th Voted Out
6th Jury MemberDay 37
Lex van den Berghe Boran Samburu 14th Voted Out
7th Jury MemberDay 38
Kim Johnson Boran Boran Runner-Up 1
Ethan Zohn Boran Boran Sole Survivor 0
The Total Votes is the number of votes a castaway has received during Tribal Councils where the castaway is eligible to be voted out of the game. It does not include the votes received during the final Tribal Council.


Episode title Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
"Question of Trust" October 11, 2001 Samburu Diane 6-2 1st Voted OutDay 3
"Who's Zooming Whom?" October 18, 2001 Samburu Samburu Jessie 5-2 2nd Voted OutDay 6
"The Gods Are Angry" October 25, 2001 Boran Boran Carl 4-4 3rd Voted OutDay 9
"The Young and Untrusted" November 1, 2001 Samburu Boran Linda 4-3 4th Voted OutDay 12
"The Twist" November 8, 2001 Boran Samburu Silas 5-1 5th Voted OutDay 15
"I'd Never Do It To You" November 15, 2001 Samburu Boran Lindsey 3-3 6th Voted OutDay 18
"Will There Be a Feast Tonight?" November 22, 2001 None Teresa Clarence 8-2 7th Voted OutDay 21
"The First 21 Days" November 29, 2001 Recap Episode
"Smoking Out the Snake" December 6, 2001 Ethan [Lex] Ethan Kelly 5-4 8th Voted OutDay 24
"Dinner, Movie and a Betrayal" December 13, 2001 Brandon, Frank Lex Brandon 6-2 9th Voted OutDay 27
"We Are Family" December 20, 2001 Survivor Auction Lex Frank 6-1 10th Voted OutDay 30
"The Big Adventure" December 27, 2001 Lex [Tom] Tom Kim P. 4-2 11th Voted OutDay 33
"Truth Be Told" January 03, 2002 Lex Lex Teresa 4-1 12th Voted OutDay 36
"The Final Four: No Regrets" January 10, 2002 None Kim J. Tom 3-1 13th Voted OutDay 37
Kim J. Lex 1-0 14th Voted OutDay 38
"The Reunion" January 10, 2002 Jury Vote Kim J. 5-2 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.


Original Tribes Mixed Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Reunion
Eliminated: Diane6/8 votes Jessie5/7 votes Carl
4/8 votes1
Linda4/7 votes Silas5/6 votes Lindsey
3/6 votes2
Clarence8/10 votes Kelly5/9 votes Brandon6/8 votes Frank6/7 votes .4/6 votes Teresa4/5 votes Tom3/4 votes Lex1 vote .2/7 votes Ethan5/7 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 . 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.


There was some controversy surrounding an immunity challenge in the final episode. In a "Fallen Comrades" challenge, in which the contestants were quizzed on trivia regarding players in the game who had been voted out, the final 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, unbeknownst to the producers, also had no piercings. After the producers were alerted to the 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 traditional third and fourth place earnings.


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