"This Game Is About Minutes"
Version: United States
Season: The Amazing Race 2
Episode No.: 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 were provided a map and told to travel to the Cape Aviation Business Center to find Ryan Blake Air. They must sign up for a charter flight to Walvis Bay, Namibia, with the first four teams leaving at 9:00 am, and the last four at 12:00 pm.

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

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

Teams were told to look "where the railway tracks used to run". Once teams realized that the Swakopmund Hotel had been a railway station, they then searched the hotel grounds for the Fast Forward pass, which was in the center of the pool. Oswald & Danny won this Fast Forward.

Teams had to spot marked 4x4 vehicles on a parking lot from the Swakopmund Lighthouse. Once spotted, teams must travel down to the lot, and choose a vehicle with their next clue on the windshield. For safety reasons, they were accompanied by a local driver who took over the wheel at dusk. They must then drive to the Erongo Region and search for the base of the Matterhorn Sand Dune in Dorob National Park and hike the to the top of the dune to get their next clue.

Choice A: Slide
Teams had to take a safety briefing from an instructor and then slide down the steep side of a dune to a Route Marker at the bottom, reaching speeds of up to 60 mph.

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

Choice B: Stride
Teams had to walk down the opposite side of the dune, following a path of flags to the 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 Usakos and find the Spitzkoppe 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.

One team member had to buy five wood animal carvings representing the big five animals of Africa (lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard and elephant) for the lowest price possible, using their own money. Once this was accomplished, each team took the five woodcarvings to a bushman, who exchanged them for a carving of a large wooden giraffe with the next clue attached.

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 near Windhoek, along with their giraffe carving.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward
S2 OswaldDanny
 1st place 
Oswald & Danny
Best Friends
S2 TaraWil
 2nd place 
Tara & Wil
Separated Couple
S2 GaryDave
 3rd place 
Gary & Dave
Former Roommates
S2 BlakePaige
 4th place 
Blake & Paige
S2 MaryPeach
 5th place 
Mary & Peach
S2 CyndiRussell
 6th place 
Cyndi & Russell
Pastor/Married Parents
S2 ChrisAlex
 7th place 
Chris & Alex
Lifelong Friends
S2 SholaDoyin
 8th place 
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.