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Show Details

Broadcaster: SABC1 e.tv 
Show Genre: Reality Competition
Series Premiere: Thursday, June 05, 2008

Show Summary


Tropika Island of Treasure is a South African reality competition television series created by Samantha Moon and produced by KAP Productions and Stimulii in which celebrities and ordinary people compete in remote, exotic locations in a variety of daily challenges to win a R1-million prize.

The series began as a below-the-line promotion in 2008 with an insert on e.tv and two webisodes and became a full-fledged show for its second season, which premiered on e.tv on Sunday 18 October 2009, at 18h30. The show moved to SABC1 for Season 5.

See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

Season 5 premiered on SABC1 on Saturday 16 February 2013, at 18h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 10 episodes in the fifth season.

Season 1

Tropika selected 10 fans to pair up with 10 South African celebrities for the Tropika Island of Treasure challenge, which took place on the island paradise of Mauritius at the end of May 2008.

Celebrities and their fans participated as teams of two in the Amazing Race-style challenge and the winning duo shared R1-million.

The celebrities include Idols star Gift Gwe, Rhythm City actress and songstress, Pam Andrews, champion surfer and sports model Roxy Louw, R&B singer Loyiso Bala, vocalists Kelly Khumalo and Nadine, and comedians Kagiso Lediga and Joey Rasdien as well as Heino Schmitt, better known as Altus de Bruyn on 7de Laan.

Winners and celebrities flew to Mauritius in the last week of May and spent a week enjoying Mauritian-style hospitality at the Tamassa Hotel. South African fans were able to log on to the website to read up on the progress the teams made on their daily blog updates.

Fans needed to purchase a drink to choose from a list of celebrities they could be competing with and follow the on-pack guidelines by smsing their favourite celeb's name, their name, age and cellphone number to 34115.

The competition ran from 1 March to 30 April, 2008.

The contestants in the first season were (celebrity first):

Gift Gwe and Paulina Mokou
Heino Schmitt and Tammi Shaw
Joey Rasdien and Busisiwe Titus
Kagiso Lediga and Johanna van der Merwe
Kelly Khumalo and Jeffery Nkogatse
Loyiso Bala and Hope Nana Moteane
Nadine and Earl Osborne
Pam Andrews and Owen Madondo
Roxy Louw and Sibusiso Hlongwane
Zuraida Jardine and Warren Dean

The first season was won by Pam Andrews and her partner, Owen Madondo. Each received R500,000.

Season 2

Tropika Island of Treasure 2: Zanzibar became a half-hour show following on from the success of Tropika Island of Treasure: Mauritius. It was hosted by DJ Fresh and Natalie Becker.

Another 10 South African celebrities and 10 consumers jetted off to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar in October 2009 to compete in various challenges and activities, with the winning duo once again sharing in the grand prize of R1-million.

The 2009 Tropika celebrities included multiple award winning RnB singer Loyiso Bala; afro-pop singer, actress and model Kelly Khumalo; 7de Laan star Hendrik Cronje (who replaced original contestant Roland Schoeman); comedian Trevor Noah; singer, actress and presenter Bianca Le Grange; MTV Base VJ and YFM DJ Sizwe Dhlomo; SAMA award winning singer and songwriter Lira; SAMA award winning singer and songwriter Tasha Baxter; TV presenter and model Shashi Naidoo and afro-pop singer and actor, Speedy.

Potential contestants could find competition details on the label of their favourite Tropika flavour and enter for the opportunity to partner with their favourite celebrity and stand a chance at winning their half share of R1-million.

The competition ran from 1 July to 30 September, 2009.

The celebrity contestants in the second season were:

Bianca Le Grange
Hendrik Cronje
Kelly Khumalo
Lira
Loyiso Bala
Shashi Naidoo
Sizwe Dhlomo
Speedy
Tasha Baxter
Trevor Noah

The second season was won by Shashi Naidoo and her partner, Cuan Bergman. Each received R500,000.

Season 3

Based on the success of the past two years, Tropika Island of Treasure 3 called for entries to participate in the challenge, where seven winners and seven celebrities compete to win the grand prize of R1 million rand, and the opportunity of becoming a reality TV star.

The exotic island of Phuket, Thailand played host to this year's show.

In the previous competitions on the islands of Mauritius and Zanzibar, it was about contestants pairing with celebrities and sharing the R1-million rand. This year, all of the 14 contestants have an equal chance of walking away with the R1 million.

Each day, contestants participate in a range of fun, exciting, whacky, different and random challenges on the beautiful island of Phuket, Thailand. At the end of each day, the winner has the power to vote out another contestant, who leaves the island to return home.

This year's line up of celebrities include a mix of music, comedy, TV and radio personalities from rock star JR; diva and TV host Bonang Matheba; beauty queen Tatum Keshwar; funnyman Loyiso Gola; (in)famous drama queen Khanyi Mbau; actress Dionne Song, who portrayed Beyonce in the sitcom The Coconuts; to new pop-rock sensation, Snotkop.

Tropika Island of Treasure 3 launched on 1 August 2010 and called for all South Africans to purchase a Tropika drink, see the pack and enter the competition via sms or online. Deadline for entries was 31 October, 2010.

To allow viewers to get to know all the contestants, the show reduced the number of contestants and celebrities this year from 20 to 14 (seven each).

In previous years, contestants had a 1 in 10 chance of winning half a million rand; this year there is a one in 14 chance of winning the R1-million.

The Season 3 contestants were as follows:

Fans

Allan Whitaker
Andile Mkhwanazi
Cheralee Dearlove
Clayton Morar
Latoya Ragebult
Shandir Krishna
Thandi Steenkamp

Celebrities

Bonang Matheba
Dionne Song
JR
Khanyisile Mbau
Loyiso Gola
Snotkop
Tatum Keshwar

Season 4

Once again celebrities and everyday South Africans go head to head for a chance at winning R1-million in Mexico when Season 4 of Tropika Island of Treasure launches.

The seven celebrities are models Tracy McGregor and Joelle Kayembe; club and radio personality DJ Zinhle; hip hop artist Slikour; 5FM DJ Poppy Ntshongwana; presenter Phila Mazibuko and comedian Tshepo Mogale.

They will be joined by seven contestants from all corners of the country:

Aspiring musician Nolan Jonathan from Pietermaritzburg
Nursery school teacher Stacey Swanepoel from Joburg
Project administrator Roxana Swanlow from Eldorado Park
Self-employed Ajive Suknandan from Cape Town
Production manager Lucinda Human from Joburg
Clerk Kgabo Mpati from Thembisa
Financial consultant Ross Jordaan from Port Elizabeth

The 14 contestants will be living it up in a city known for being the playground of the rich and famous - the coastal city of Cancun in Mexico - to experience the glorious lifestyle offered by the famed destination whilst competing for the R1-million.

The 14 contestants battle it out each week in exciting yet challenging games such as the Yucatan Stocking tug-of-war and the Mayan soccer sacrifice, with the losing contestant being eliminated in every show.

In the finale, the final four will go head-to-head in a series of challenges with the ultimate goal of winning the R1-million.

With Hurricane Rina making her debut on the show, one thing is guaranteed: this season of Tropika Island of Treasure will blow you away...

Season 5

Once again celebrities and everyday South Africans go head to head for a chance at winning R1-million in Jamaica when Season 5 of Tropika Island of Treasure launches - now on new channel SABC1.

The seven celebrities are hip hop artists AKA and Da L.E.S., urban pop artist Mario Ogle, actresses Jay Anstey, Pearl Thusi and Phuti Khomo and the late model Reeva Steenkamp.

They will be joined by seven contestants from all corners of the country:

Electronic data interface developer Anver Klasse from Port Elizabeth
Aspiring actor Duan Wanty from Pretoria
Client relationship manager Amy Arulappan from Phoenix
Retail sales consultant and student Katleho Molai from Fourways
Merchandise manager for Khuli Chana, Kefentse Moagi, from Thembisa
Executive secretary Mbali Ngaleka from Hammarsdale
Real estate and media studies graduate Sinethemba Buthelezi from Escourt

The 14 contestants will be living it up on the desirable Caribbean island of Jamaica to experience the glorious lifestyle offered by the famed destination whilst competing for the R1-million.

The 14 contestants battle it out each week in exciting yet challenging games, with the losing contestant being eliminated in every show.

In the finale, the final four will go head-to-head in a series of challenges with the ultimate goal of winning the R1-million.

This season is hosted by DJ Fresh with Jamaican beauty queen Rosina Casserly. The format has been expanded to one hour from the previous half-hour seasons.

Seasons

Note: the first edition of the show was not a proper show - it was comprised of one insert on e.tv and two webisodes. It only became a full show from Season 2, airing on e.tv It moved to SABC1 for Season 5, and episodes were increased to an hour in length.

Season 1

Insert: 5 June 2008 | Webisodes: 9 June 2008

Season 2 (8 episodes)

Premiere: 18 October 2009 | 6 December 2009 | Sundays, 18h30

Season 3 (8 episodes)

Premiere: 20 February 2011 | Finale: 10 April 2011 | Sundays, 18h30

Season 4 (8 episodes)

Premiere: 12 February 2012 | Finale: 1 April 2012 | Sundays, 18h30

Season 5 (10 episodes)

Premiere: 16 Feb 2013 | Finale: 20 Apr 2013 | Saturdays, 18h30

Main Cast

(For full cast and characters, click Seasons tab at top of page)
DJ Fresh
Natalie Becker
Lalla Hirayama
Nicole Flint
Rosina Casserly

Related Links

- Reality Competition Forum
- Official Site


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