• These are the most viewed YouTube channels in SA. 
  • They feature some surprise hits, like kids shows – and a man who keeps pet tigers. 
  • Leading the pack is a wildlife channel, which just hit a million subscribers. 


South Africa's most viewed YouTube channels feature some surprise hits, like kids shows – and a man who keeps pet tigers. 

This is according to Social Blade, a statistics website that tracks YouTubers and measures growth across multiple social media platforms including YouTube, Twitch, and Instagram.

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One of the strangest channels to come out of SA is animal lover Michael Jamison (ranked 8th) who has more than 40 pets in his home in Brakpan, including tigers Enzo and Diego.

Michael Jamison who has more than 40 pets in his home in Brackpan, including two tigers Enzo and Diego. YouTube.

He started his channel to show it was possible for humans to coexist with more than the usual number of pets.

The numbers show it is very hard for South Africans to crack it in the top 1% of YouTube, dominated by international celeb vloggers, beauty channels and gamers, but that local channels can still rack up the local views.

These are South Africa's most watched YouTube channels.

10. Sixpackfactory.com by Peter Carvell - 212 million views


9. MaxAnimeLover - 214 million views

MaxAnimeLover

8. michael jamison - 225 million views


7. SABC Digital News - 243 million views


6. TheSupaStrikas - 247 million views


5. Rob the Ranger Wildlife Videos - 268 million views


4. Cartoon Network Channel Africa - 280 million views


3. Disney Channel Africa - 651 million views

2. Die Antwoord - 693 million views


1.  Kruger Sightings - 805 million views

South Africa’s most popular YouTube channel recently hit 1 million subscribers and features animals behaving badly.

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