SMALL SCREEN MZANSI – ‘Tropika Island of Treasure 6′


After the successful season that pitted celebrities against each other, Tropika Island of Treasure 6 returns for another exciting season. The show offers a brand new format, shaking things up with a wild, fun and aspirational treasure hunt set on the tropical island of Mauritius.

Catch the show on: Sabc 1 Thursdays at 18h00


Tropika Island of Treasure is an advertorial-driven, promotional show which began life as a below-the-line promotion in 2008 with an insert on and two accompanying webisodes, before being ordered to series for broadcast on television.

The show initially comprised of ordinary South Africans being paired with celebrities on a desert island and sharing the winning prize of R1-million, but in Season 3 all contestants – celebrities included – stood an equal chance of winning the prize.


Season 3 Winner – Da L.E.S

In the show, the contestants live it up on desirable islands to experience the glorious lifestyle offered by the famed destinations, whilst competing for the R1-million. The contestants battle it out each week in exciting yet challenging games, with the losing contestant being eliminated in every show.

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

For the first four seasons episodes were half an hour long, but in Season 5 – when the show moved from to SABC1 – they were increased to an hour in length.

Much hype was created around the fifth season, particular after the death of contestant Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot and killed by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius two days before the show premiered. SABC1 opted to debut the show despite the tragedy.

In Season 6 the show was radically reformatted and reduced once again to half-hour episodes, and the celebrity component of the show was discarded, with only “normal” South Africans taking part. Quizzical Pictures was appointed to take over the series from previous producers Stimulii.

Catch the show on: Sabc 1 Thursdays at 18h00

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  • Steven Myer says:June 3, 2014 12:35 pm

    I actually haven’t watched it. I saw something about it on TV, I wonder if it will be more fun without celebrities.

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