"Houston, We Have An Elephant"
Version United States
Season Season 7
Episode Number 6/12 (079)
First Broadcast April 5, 2005
Viewership (in millions) 12.28[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 5.1/13
Episode Chronology
Previous "I've Been Wanting A Face-Lift for A Long Time"
Next "They Saved The Eyeball"

Houston, We Have An Elephant is the sixth episode of The Amazing Race 7.


The strain of the Race is taking its toll on the teams, especially one Racer who reacts angrily to an unattractive side of her teammate. One team member hastily chooses to do a Roadblock that involves driving a stick shift through the African bush, when he has only driven a stick once before. Teams drive for miles across the African bush where they encounter giraffes, elephants, zebras and hippos roaming freely, causing trepidation, but great excitement over their experience in wild Africa.[2]


Route Markers

The order of departure from Makgadikgadi Pans are as follows:

  1. Ron & Kelly (5:29 am)
  2. Rob & Amber (5:43 am)
  3. Uchenna & Joyce (5:51 am)
  4. Lynn & Alex (5:52 am)
  5. Meredith & Gretchen (6:12 am)
  6. Brian & Greg (6:22 am)

Teams must drive themselves to Sankuyo Village. Upon arrival, teams must find the Sankuyo Water Tower to search for their next clue.

Choice A: Carry It
Teams must transport 3 items (bucket of water, basket of corn and bundle of wood) to an area 75 yards away on their heads. When teams finished, they would receive their next clue. Teams may not used their hands.

Only Uchenna & Joyce chose this task.

Choice B: Milk It
Teams must choose a goat from a pen, milk it up and enough to fill 10 ounces to cup beneath a marked line.

Brian & Greg, Lynn & Alex, Meredith & Gretchen, Rob & Amber, and Ron & Kelly chose this task.

Teams must drive themselves to the bank of the Khwai River to find their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would navigate their vehicle across a crocodile infested river to marked paths. Then the team member must remove two marking posts on a bush area with a block of falling trees that has been knocked down by elephants. They have to remove trees on a road. At the end of their path, teams would find their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must drive themselves to Khwai River Lodge to check in.

For coming in first place, Rob & Amber won a trip to Monaco courtesy of Travelocity.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer in Non-Elimination Leg     Saved from elimination by the Salvage Pass or The Save     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield
 1st place 
Rob & Amber
 2nd place 
Ron & Kelly
Former POW/Pageant Queen
 3rd place 
Uchenna & Joyce
 4th place 
Lynn & Alex
 5th place 
Meredith & Gretchen
Brian & Greg


  • The episode title was said by Uchenna.


  • Ann Oldenburg at USA Today (04/04/2005): "That Amber and Rob: Everyone hates them"