Marooned in the wilderness, 18 individuals will embark on an amazing African adventure, battling extreme conditions and interacting with wildlife such as elephants and gorillas, while attempting to forge alliances with strangers from diverse backgrounds.
18 new contestants are stranded in the harsh conditions of Gabon, Africa. The Kota and Fang tribes are decided and then particpate in their first challenge. The Kota tribe win extra food in the challenge while Marcus and "GC" win individual immunity. Each tribe reaches their campsite and both get organized while getting to know each other better. At night, the animals start coming out and Randy cuts his head on the roof of the shelter. The Medical Team is called in and gives Randy stiches. The next day on Fang, Michelle complains that she's cold and that the other tribe is the better one. At Kota, the tribe reads their first Tree Mail telling them to meet for an Immunity Challenge. The Kota tribe wins the first challenge and flint for fire. When Fang return to camp, the guys want Michelle voted out but Randy wants Gillian out. At Tribal Council, Fang argue about why the tribe lost the challenge but agree for "GC" to be the leader. In the end, Michelle is voted out. Fang gets fire after returning from Tribal Council and enjoy a warm night and meal. In the second hour, Kota is doing their daily chores and Charlie and Marcus discuss alliances. Back on Fang, "GC" tries to get the campsite on track but Randy doesn't agree with all of GC's decisions. early the next morning though, Gillian complains about the tribemate's talking not letting her sleep. "GC" then quits as being the leader and no one else steps up to the plate. The tribes meet for their second Immunity Challenge which is won by Kota again. On Exile Island, Dan has a hard time trying to find the clue for the hidden Immunity Idol. But after he returns back to his tribe, the other tribemates think he is acting strange leading them to believe he found the idol. At Tribal Council, Gillian can't be saved.
One Castaway is tossed around like a rag doll during a Reward Challenge, while another Castaway sets out to prove her strength while on Exile Island.
At the Fang campsite, Randy tries to get the others to eat only one meal a day since their supply of rice is getting low. He also thinks that "GC" is a "cancer" and should be removed while Matty's alliance of Randy, Susie and Dan look strong. The two tribes meet and Jeff tells them to rank their fellow tribemates in order of importance. After the results are announced, Jeff tells them both tribes will be mixing tribemates. Sugar is picked last and therefore, forced to Exile Island. The newly formed tribes return to their campsites and return to work as new alliances take shape. At the Immunity Challenge, Kota wins. Back at the Fang camp, Ace and "GC" note how badly the entire tribe performed during the challenge. But soon, talk later turns to who will be voted out. The original plan was for Ace, but Kelly and Jacquie are seen as weaker tribemates.
Fang continue to struggle, while Sugar and Ace are tight in their alliance. This allows for the other tribe mates to search through Sugar's bag to see if she has the idol. Meanwhile, "GC" starts feeling like he wants to go home, and asks his tribe mates to vote him out.
On Kota, Dan's large appetite has his tribe on edge as their amount of food begins to dwindle. Meanwhile, Fang has their own shortage of rice. Sugar then tells Ace she'll give him the immunity idol after finding out that the other tribe mates looked through her bag. At the Reward Challenege, Kota wins resulting in a huge breakfast feast. When they return to camp the tribe mates decide how to divide their reward food. Sugar feels guilty choosing comfort at Exile Island when she knows her tribe , Fang, is starving for more food. At the campsite, Crystal has a small emotional outburst which causes her to become a target. She then sets out to make sure her tribe mates know her tears were not a sign of weakness. Right before the Immunity Challenge, Kota finds a turtle swimming near their dock, resulting in a large meal for the tribe. At the challenge, Kota wins immunity. When Fang returns to camp, Ace thinks Kelly should go while Crystal thinks they should blind sight Ace. After Sugar tells Kenny she gave the idol away, he suggests to always keep the idol with her.
A shocking twist is revealed giving one Castaway the chance to change the game for the opposing tribe. Meanwhile, surprise letters from home bring even the toughest Castaways to tears.
After one power drunk castaway decides to take the game into their own hands, the tribes are faced with a brutal endurance challenge that comes down to a nail-biting showdown.
Conflict abounds when a hard fought reward challenge threatens to cause an upset, and a heated tribal council where dirty laundry is aired.
One Castaway devises a dangerous plan that hinges on the hidden immunity idol, while another Castaway considers betraying their alliance in order to avoid elimination.
In a very special Survivor, never before seen footage, including audition tapes and secret scenes, reveal who the castaways are and how they became entrenched in the adventure of a lifetime.
After fallout from a castaway's departure pits two allies against one another, one castaway makes a lifetime commitment in a surprisingly intimate gesture.
After returning from Tribal Council, Matty knows Kenny voted for him and is furious. Kenny approaches Bob about being lied to, and to make up for it, Bob says he will give Kenny immunity if he wins it. At the reward challenge, Bob wins and chooses Kenny and Crystal to go with him to a gorilla sanctuary. At Exile, Susie knows Sugar has the idol and so she chooses to have luxury over the clue. Back at camp, Matty and Sugar discuss alliances and Matty realizes he is the next to be voted out. But after the others return from their reward, Sugar changes her mind about being in the "Kenny-Crystal" alliance and promises Matty that he will be safe. After Bob wins immunity, Kenny tells Crystal that he should be voted out if he were to give away his immunity. But after Sugar finds out about this plan, she approaches Bob and tells him everything. Sugar then creates a new plan to vote out Crystal.
What started as a lopsided battle between the Fang and Kota tribes ends with a shocking turn of events between the remaining members of Nobag. Find out the fate of the final five leading into an outrageous decision at the most surprising Tribal Council yet.
During a live reunion show the Survivors get together for the first time since being in Gabon to discuss the results of the game.