Tropika Island of Treasure

Genres: Reality, Reality Competition
Broadcast on: SABC1, SABC3,



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Season 8 - Maldives

Channel Premiere Finale TX Time Episodes
SABC3 05 Feb 2018 30 Apr 2018 Mondays, 19h30 - 20h30 13

Season 8

Previous seasons of the show have seen consumers and celebs venture to some of the most incredible destinations, including Mexico, Jamaica, the Seychelles, Mauritius and more. This year, the Maldives will set the scene for Season 8. 

Perhaps best known for its idyllic white beaches and crystal clear turquoise sea, the Republic of the Maldives is situated in the Indian Ocean. This tropical nation is composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands – many still uninhabited.

Celebs and contestants compete in fun and challenging games to win R1-million - against the breathtaking Maldivian backdrop.

The Host

Katlego Maboe

Katlego Maboe is best known as the host of Expresso on SABC3. He also hosted two seasons of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and 2015, and was awarded Presenter of the Year at the 2015 and 2016 SAFTAs.

The Contestants

The celebrities for Season 8 are:

Khanya Mkangisa (presenter and actress)
Brendan Peyper (singer-songwriter)
Sbahle Mpisane (wellness and fitness motivator)
Karabo Mogane (Idols 11 winner)
Tumi Voster (radio and television personality)
Nay Maps (Uzalo star)
Melinda Bam (Miss South Africa 2011)

The contestants who will join the celebrities in paradise are:

Lihle Ngubo

20-year-old Lihle Ngubo from Pietermaritzburg is a drama student with a passion for acting and dancing. She is also a part-time model, and will soon start training young children from the age of five years old how to swim.

She is also passionate about young people and one day hopes to start a production company and a bursary foundation for students wanting to study in the arts and performance field.

If she wins TIOT8, she'll use her prize money to pay off her school fees, help her mother out, and invest the rest.

Lisanne Lazarus

21-year-old Lisanne Lazarus from Amanzimtoti is a final year broadcast major and a marketing coordinator. She used to play golf for KZN, and is the former Miss Mamelodi Sundowns KZN; Miss eThekwini 2014; Miss DUT 2015; and Miss SA Campus first princess 2016.

If she wins TIOT8, she will invest in an apartment and use part of the prize money to travel.

Mpande Buthelezi

21-year-old Mpande Buthelezi from Benoni is a student at City Varsity, a model, and runs a magazine. He has a passion for acting and loves working with people.

He comes from a big family (he has 18 siblings!) and if he wins TIOT8 he will do something really special for his family with the prize money.

Nondu Mabizela

23-year-old Nondu Mabizela is a medical student from Johannesburg with a passion for drawing and running.

If she wins TIOT8, she will use the prize money to pay off her studies, do something special for her parents, buy a car, and do some shopping.

Rudi Witkowsky

27-year-old Rudi Witkowsky from Cape Town is a Chartered Accountant, CA (SA); fitness instructor; model and actor. He has a passion for surfing and fitness.

If he wins TIOT8 he will invest a portion of the prize money, take a well-deserved holiday, and send his parents on a vacation to Zanzibar as they deserve it the most after what they have done for Rudi.

Kelly Gunnell

23-year-old Kelly Gunnell from Johannesburg was an avid swimmer (and has represented South Africa internationally numerous times) and has just finished her Honours in Sports Science at the University of Pretoria.

If she wins TIOT8 she will use the prize money to elevate her passion for health and fitness by starting up a business to aid people of all walks of life to implement a healthy lifestyle that actually fits into their lives.

Mark-Anthony Bingham

29-year-old Mark-Anthony Bingham from Johannesburg is the PA to a financial advisor. He has a passion for Latin, ballroom, salsa and hip-hop dancing, and also teaches salsa dancing.

If he wins TIOT8 he will use the prize money to surprise and spoil his mom, and will start an art project in his community of Westbury.


The winners of Season 8 were Brendan Peyper and Lisanne Lazarus

Season 8 Cast

Host - Himself

Contestant - Herself

Contestant - Herself

Contestant - Herself

Contestant - Himself


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