Survivor South Africa host Nico Panagio. Picture: Supplied

After the massive success of last season’s 'Survivor South Africa: Philippines' –  it drew a large viewership and was nominated for SAFTA awards for best local version of an international format and Best Presenter – speculation has been rife about where the next edition Island of Secrets will play out.  

The fans who guessed Fiji, following some hints from M-Net, were wrong – but not too far off the mark.

Survivor South Africa Season 7: Island of Secrets is indeed set in the South Pacific, but on the island of Samoa.

Dashing Survivor South Africa host Nico Panagio made the announcement on a video-reel shot on location.

Says Lani Lombard, M-Net's Head of Pulicity: “Nico has mentioned that filming has started, but for now all further details remain top secret. 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. 

This group of Survivors consist of strong personalities from diverse backgrounds and age groups. Of course they know the ins and outs of the show. This makes every series more competitive than the ones that came before. They will have to play even harder and more strategically than castaways from previous seasons if they wish to go all the way. ”

Survivor SA Season 7 starts on M-Net 101 on 16 May 2019, following The Bachelor South Africa, which took the country by storm last week.