Survivor SA: Return of the Outcasts to film in early 2022, casting process ongoing

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Survivor SA Season 9 coming soon.
Survivor SA Season 9 coming soon.
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  • MultiChoice announced at its annual content showcase last week that Survivor South Africa will return for a ninth season.
  • Filming for Survivor SA: Return of the Outcasts will take place early in 2022.
  • According to the production company, Afrokaans, all previous Survivor SA seasons' players are eligible to make a comeback in the new season.


Filming of M-Net's upcoming 9th season of Survivor South Africa will take place early in 2022 with new and unexpected twists.

Players from all previous South African seasons who never made it to the final Tribal Council are being considered for the new "all-stars" season.

At the MultiChoice Showcase 2021, M-Net confirmed that Survivor SA had been renewed for a 9th season and will be broadcast on the channel from July 2022.

M-Net (DStv 101) tells Channel24 in response to a media query this week that they can't disclose the specific location of the 9th season of Survivor SA that is subtitled Survivor SA: Return of the Outcasts.

The channel and production company, Afrokaans, are mum on the exact dates and duration period of filming to maintain the confidentiality of the production. However, filming will likely take place over about a month and a half and shoot somewhere in South Africa with Nico Panagio back as the host.

According to Afrokaans, all previous Survivor SA seasons' players are eligible to make a comeback in Survivor SA: Return of the Outcasts and are being considered for the new season.

"The casting process has not yet been completed, but all previous seasons' players are eligible and being considered for the new season," says M-Net.

As to which players specifically are eligible, Afrokaans says, "none of the players eligible for the 9th season would have made it to the final Tribal Council of their season, and all will have a score to settle".

Survivor South Africa season 9 will once again be filmed within a tightly-controlled Covid-19 safe production bubble with potential cast and crew screened with PCR tests. M-Net says that all Covid-19 safety protocols will once more be in place for the production.

As to why Afrokaans and M-Net went for an "all-stars" 9th season?

"After Survivor SA season 8 and calls from viewers to see previous players return to the game, it was decided that the time was right for a returning players season," M-Net says.

Will the 9th season – that will clearly be as gruelling and mentally and physically exhausting as previous seasons of Survivor SA – be even more difficult, with more difficult challenges since it's returning players who know a bit more and already have first-hand experience of the game?

"As Survivor SA fans have become accustomed to, the new season will include new and exciting twists and turns that are unexpected – even for returning players," says Afrokaans. "However, with a bunch of contestants who have already played this game once, they are all better equipped to Outwit, Outplay and Outlast."

A preliminary title card for Survivor SA: Return of the Outcasts yields a tantalising first clue: micro maze symbols in the shape of an upside-down red triangle (nabla), a blue hexagon and a yellow square.

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