Top Travel is a South African travel series produced by Tswelopele Productions as a sister show to the SABC3 magazine show Top Billing, which finds rare and exotic locations to showcase from the perspective of what would make them interesting to South Africans.
The first season was hosted by five Top Billing presenters - Janez Vermeiren, Jeannie D, Jo-Ann Strauss, Michael Mol and Nico Panagio - as well as newcomer Angelique Schoeman. After the first season, Janez and Jeannie D became the sole hosts.
Top Travel premiered on SABC3 on Saturday 6 September 2008, at 18h00. It later aired on DStv's Travel Channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 premiered on SABC3 on Wednesday 7 October 2009, at 20h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 26 episodes in the second season.
Season 2 Repeats
This season sees two major significant changes to the show. Firstly, instead of five presenters this season there are only two: Janez Vermeiren and Jeannie D.
Secondly, the show has moved from a Saturday evening timeslot to Wednesdays during primetime.
This season, Jeannie D and Janez will join forces to journey around the world in twenty-six weeks, flying first class, travelling by train, yacht or cruising.
Their journey commences in North America where they will encounter beautiful glaciers and breathtaking rain forests, making their way to the archaeologically-rich South America, crossing the Pacific Ocean to the natural scenery of Australasia, discovering the diverse continent of Asia, the wonders of Europe and finally making their way home through Africa.
Each episode, Jeannie and Janez will stop off in a timeless destination - exploring the best hotels, restaurants, cultures, landmarks, art galleries and activities for that single location.
Whether it’s Amsterdam or Cuzco, Australia or France, we’re sure to see the high life. Glamour, glitz and touch of bravery is the order of the day.
For a tourist and traveller, Top Travel is a guide and a touch stone offering ideas and a seal of approval on an array of destinations. For other adventurers it’s a mosaic window on diverse cultures and traditions.
Follow Jeannie D and Janez as they traverse the globe finding and offering all that is premium, exotic and rare.
Season 1 (26 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 6 Sep 2008 | Finale: 28 Feb 2009 | Sat, 18h00
Channel: Travel Channel | Premiere: 13 Apr 2010 | Finale: 5 Oct 2010 | Tue, 20h30
Season 2 (26 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 7 Oct 2009 | Finale: 31 Mar 2010 | Wed, 20h00
Season 3 (22 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 18 Sep 2013 | Finale: 5 Mar 2014 | Wed, 20h00