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 3 premiered on SABC3 on Wednesday 18 September 2013, at 20h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 22 episodes in the third season.
Travel fans everywhere can rejoice as the international soiree Top Travel returns to SABC3.
Filled with travel tips and laughs galore from two of the world's leading globe-trotters, Jeannie and Janez, the third season of Top Travel also has a major focus on travel on the African continent, while retaining its global tourism footprint.
Jeannie and Janez's travels kick off in Venice – the city on water - where the two engage in glass-making and silk-making and indulge in five-star dining and accommodation.
During their stay they also tour some of the most popular historical locations in Venice, such as the Piazzo San Marco. The two then hop aboard the luxurious Orient Express and indulge in a one-of-a-kind travel experience on their journey to London.
They tour the wonders of the Baltics, introduce us to the nuances behind green dining, learn about the magic behind Medieval Tallinn, feast on the architectural marvel that is The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, tour the Mediterranean and showcase the splendour of glamorous Monaco.
On their return home to Africa, they drive along the iconic Route 62 in the Southern Cape, tour Kolmanskop (Ghost Town) in Namibia, join a KhoiSan hunt in Botswana, visit the majestic Victoria Falls in Zambia, hop onto a hot air balloon over the Serengeti and swim with dolphins in Zanzibar.
Jeannie and Janez's infectious personalities guarantee that there will never be a dull moment as they traverse the globe, even though they sometimes differ on the best places of interest at various locations.
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