"This Game Is About Minutes"
Version United States
Season Season 2
Episode Number 4/11 (017)
First Broadcast March 27, 2002
Episode Chronology
Previous "My Alarm Clock Didn't Go Off!"
Next "Welcome to the World of Being Human"

This Game Is About Minutes is the fourth episode of The Amazing Race 2.


With only two charters leaving from Cape Town, teams make a mad dash to make the first charter to Namibia.

Teams brave the deserts of Namibia and must journey more than 500 miles by truck through unmarked roads and the shifting sands to reach a distant Pit Stop.

Meanwhile, conflict arises as one teams accuses another of cheating.[1]


Route Markers

The order of departure from Lanzerac Manor are as follows:

  1. Oswald & Danny (2:52 am)
  2. Tara & Wil (2:52 am)
  3. Gary & Dave (2:52 am)
  4. Mary & Peach (5:56 am)
  5. Blake & Paige (6:02 am)
  6. Shola & Doyin (6:02 am)
  7. Chris & Alex (8:50 am)
  8. Cyndi & Russell (8:51 am)

Teams must fly to Walvis Bay, Namibia. There are two chartered flights, each containing 4 teams. The flights depart 3 hours apart.

Teams must climb to the top of Swakopmund Lighthouse to get their next clue.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to them after finding their clue at the lighthouse.

Teams must make their way to the Swakopmund Hotel, told they have to find "where the railway tracks used to run". Once they figure out the hotel used to be a railway station, they may find their clue in the middle of the hotel's pool. Oswald & Danny won this Fast Forward.

Teams must find a parking lot with marked vehicles for them to drive to the base of the Matterhorn Sand Dune in Dorob National Park and hike the dune to get their next clue.

Choice A: Slide
Teams will have to slide down the Matterhorn Sand Dune on a sand board to receive their next clue.

Blake & Paige, Chris & Alex, Cyndi & Russell, Gary & Dave, Mary & Peach, and Tara & Wil chose this task.

Choice B: Stride
Teams will have to walk down the backside of the sand dune to receive their next clue.

None of the teams chose this task.

Shola & Doyin fell too far behind the other teams and did not get to choose which side of the Detour they would complete.

Teams must drive to Spitzkoppe and find the General Dealer. At the General Dealer, they have to ask for the postcard of the day.

Teams must drive to the Spitzkoppe Woodcarver Market where they will find their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock will have bargain to obtain a wood carving of a lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard, and elephant. Once they have all 5 carvings, a bushman will give them a giraffe carving and their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Shola & Doyin fell too far behind the other teams and did not complete this task.

Teams must make their way to the Amani Lodge, along with their giraffe carving.


     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

 1st place 
Oswald & Danny
Best friends
 2nd place 
Tara & Wil
Separated couple
 3rd place 
Gary & Dave
Former roommates
 4th place 
Blake & Paige
 5th place 
Mary & Peach
 6th place 
Cyndi & Russell
Pastor/married parents
 7th place 
Chris & Alex
Lifelong friends
Shola & Doyin


  • This marks the first time The Amazing Race visits the country of Namibia.
  • This episode title was said by Shola.
  • Shola & Doyin become the first sibling team to be eliminated from the race.


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