|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|
|Previous||Survivor: The Australian Outback|
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.
|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
|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|
|"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|
- 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|
|Eliminated:||Diane6/8 votes||Jessie5/7 votes||Carl|
|Linda4/7 votes||Silas5/6 votes||Lindsey|
|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|
|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|
|Kim P.||Carl||Linda||Tom||Clarence||Lex||Brandon||Frank||Lex||Kim J.|
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.