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Revealed: location for Survivor South Africa S7

Filming for Survivor South Africa season 7 is underway and the secret is out; the Pacific's largest tropical island of Samoa is the host location for the next crop of castaways

After the massive success of last season’s Survivor South Africa: Philippines, M-Net has confirmed the scenic treasure trove of Samoa as the next location set to play host to the new crop of contestants for this year’s edition.

The big reveal, which comes after weeks of immense speculation with Survivor SA superfans predicting Fiji as the location where the escapades of ‘Island of Secrets’ will play out, thanks but no thanks to a series of (misleading) hints from the channel. Although not too far off the mark, the 7th edition of Survivor South Africa: Island of Secrets is indeed set in the South Pacific, but on the island of Samoa. 

Everyone’s favourite, the dashing Survivor South Africa host Nico Panagio, who called this the toughest presenting gig of all, made the announcement today (Thursday) on a video-reel shot on location. The video was shared on social media and on the M-Net’s website.

While the rest of the details remain a top secret, all we know so far is that this season’s castaways “consist of strong personalities from diverse backgrounds and age groups,” says M-Net’s head of publicity Lani Lombard, adding: “What we can tell viewers, is that they must be prepared for twists and turns unlike anything they’ve seen on the show before. It’s called Island of Secrets, after all.” 

Tom Swartz was named the winner of Survivor SA season 6 last August

Survivor SA season 7 starts on M-Net 101 on Thursday, May 16, nine months after adventure camp manager, Tom Swartz, from Port Elizabeth was named the winner of Survivor SA season 6 last August.

Hidden secrets of Samoa awaits you

Also known as the Cradle of Polynesia, Samoa is notable for its Fa’a Samoa (the Samoan way of life), a 3000-year old social code that prizes family, tradition and the environment. The locals proudly refers to the island as the most authentic and traditional of all Pacific societies with visitors – as noted – more likely to see someone juggling fire, than a house with walls.

Music and dance are part of everyday life in Samoa Pic: David Kirkland/Samoa Tourism

The name Samoa – from Sa (sacred) and Moa (centre) – means ‘Sacred Centre of the Universe’. Located South of the equator, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, it consists of nine islands; Apolima, Manono, Fanuatapu, Namu’a, Nuutele, Nuulua, Nuusafee, Savai’i (the largest, at 1,708 sq km including adjacent small islands) and Upolu (second largest, at 1,118 sq km including adjacent small islands). Five of the islands are uninhabited.

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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