Announcement Date: 1st May 2008
Tropika, the smooothest taste under da sun, selected 10 fans to pair up with 10 SA celebs for the smooothest reality show yet… The Tropika Island of Treasure challenge.
This exciting first season took place on the island paradise of Mauritius where celebrities, together with their selected fans, participated in teams of two in super cool events such as the Amazing Race Style Challenge.
The lively bunch of celebs included infamous 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.
In order to compete with celebs in the competition, fans needed to purchase their most loved Tropika flavour and select the SA star they’d like to compete with. They could enter by SMS’ing their favourite celeb’s name, their name, age and cellphone number to 34115.
Winners and celebrities were flown to Mauritius in the last week of May and spent a week enjoying Mauritian-style hospitality at the Tamassa Hotel. Viewers were able to log on to the website and catch up on the various teams’ progress by reading their daily blog updates.
The competition ran from 1 March to 30 April 2008, and the much-loved duo (Pam Andrews and her partner Owen Madondo) stole the show and walked away as season one’s winners with R500 000 each.