Scout's Safari

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Scout's Safari
Scout's Safari cast.jpg
The main characters of Scout's Safari, from left, Cheryl, Roger, Scout, Tyler, Bongani and C.B.
Created byThomas W. Lynch
StarringAnastasia Baranova
Freedom Hadebe
Jarred Uys
Chantell Stander
Ashley Dowds
Hlomla Dandala
Country of originUnited States
South Africa
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production location(s)South Africa
Running time22 minutes
DistributorLynch Entertainment, later referred to as Tom Lynch Company between 2003
Original networkDiscovery Kids
Original releaseOctober 5, 2002 –
February 7, 2004

Scout's Safari was an American teen comedy-drama television series that aired on the Discovery Kids and Saturday mornings on NBC. The series was created by Thomas W. Lynch (The Secret World of Alex Mack, Caitlin's Way).


The show revolves around Jennifer "Scout" Lauer, a teenage girl who lives the simple life in New York City until her photographer father is sent on year-round trip around the world and she is forced to live with her know-it-all mother (Cheryl) and her new husband (Roger) at a resort in South Africa. While she is there she is exposed to a new world, goes to a new school, and reunites with her other best friend named Bongani, who believes strongly in his Zulu culture, lives with his Uncle C.B., a veterinarian. Bongani is often the voice of reason for Scout. While still keeping in contact with her best friend Sherna via webcam, she has to deal with her stepdad's bratty and Know-it-All young son Tyler. During the course of the series Scout eventually becomes more comfortable in her new surroundings.


Main cast[edit]

  • Anastasia Baranova as Jennifer "Scout" Lauer
  • Freedom Hadebe as Bongani
  • Jarred Uys as Tyler Shickler
  • Chantell Stander as Cheryl Lauer-Shickler
  • Ashley Dowds as Roger Shickler
  • Hlomla Dandala as Carlton "C.B." Boone

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Dana de Agrella as Sherna Puckett
  • Ma Afrika Kekana as Nandi Ngwenyo
  • Roxanne Burger as Sophie Turner


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113October 5, 2002 (2002-10-05)February 15, 2003 (2003-02-15)
213September 13, 2003 (2003-09-13)February 7, 2004 (2004-02-07)

Season 1 (2002–03)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
11"Departure"Lamont KingclipThomas W. LynchOctober 5, 2002 (2002-10-05)TBAN/A
22"Lost in Africa"Steve MarkowitzThomas ChehakOctober 12, 2002 (2002-10-12)
33"An Elephant Never Forgets"Lamont KingclipThomas W. Lynch & Thomas ChehakOctober 26, 2002 (2002-10-26)
44"Science Friction"Steve MarkowitzThomas ChehakNovember 9, 2002 (2002-11-09)
55"The Lie"Lamont KingclipThomas W. LynchNovember 23, 2002 (2002-11-23)
66"Rites of Passage"Steve MarkowitzJonas AginDecember 7, 2002 (2002-12-07)
77"Constellation Consolation"Lamont KingclipThomas Chehak & Kevin ArnovitzDecember 14, 2002 (2002-12-14)
88"Released"Steve MarkowitzJessica KleinJanuary 4, 2003 (2003-01-04)
99"The Visitor"Ken KaplanThomas W. LynchJanuary 11, 2003 (2003-01-11)
1010"Time to Go"Alan LeslieThomas W. LynchJanuary 18, 2003 (2003-01-18)
1111"A Night at the Lodge"Ken KaplanJessica KleinJanuary 25, 2003 (2003-01-25)
1212"Kruger's Gold"Alan LeslieThomas ChehakFebruary 8, 2003 (2003-02-08)
1313"Fathers"Alan LeslieThomas W. LynchFebruary 15, 2003 (2003-02-15)

Season 2 (2003–04)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
141"The Gift"Kenneth KaplanThomas W. Lynch & Lyle WeldonSeptember 13, 2003 (2003-09-13)TBAN/A
152"Shark!"Lamont KingclipThomas W. LynchSeptember 20, 2003 (2003-09-20)
163"The Ritual"Hlomla DandalaJonas AginSeptember 27, 2003 (2003-09-27)
174"Brushfire"TBATBAOctober 26, 2003 (2003-10-26)
185"Potions"Lamont KingclipJessica KleinNovember 29, 2003 (2003-11-29)
196"Live to Play"TBATBADecember 6, 2003 (2003-12-06)
207"Ghost Cat"Kenneth KaplanGeorge GeigerDecember 13, 2003 (2003-12-13)
218"Know It All"TBATBAJanuary 3, 2004 (2004-01-03)
229"Contraband"TBATBAJanuary 10, 2004 (2004-01-10)
2310"Rumors"TBATBAJanuary 17, 2004 (2004-01-17)
2411"Diamonds"TBATBAJanuary 24, 2004 (2004-01-24)
2512"My Big Fat Zulu Wedding"TBATBAJanuary 31, 2004 (2004-01-31)
2613"Life Goes On"TBATBAFebruary 7, 2004 (2004-02-07)

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