From wildlife spectacles to Afrikaans rappers, South Africans have contributed a lot to the online sensation of YouTube.
Here’s our list of the most viewed YouTube clips of or by South Africans. If you know of any others, let us know.
Battle at Kruger (72,205,035)
This clip has repeatedly gone viral since it was uploaded in 2007 and has done wonders for the Kruger National Park’s publicity. It has been made into a documentary for National Geographic and continues to astonish people from around the world. The audio commentary by viewers from several different countries adds to its endearing quality.
A Lady is Mauled By Lions (37,743,747)
This clip is not as grotesque as it sounds. In fact, it is the most pointless clip on YouTube with the most annoying narrator in history. See it for yourself.
Die Antwoord – I Fink U Freeky (33, 693, 150)
‘I Fink U Freeky’ was one of the hits that catapulted Die Antwoord to the big time. It features their child, Sixteen Jones. Months after releasing the video, they performed the song on David Letterman’s Late Show with David Letterman.
Die Antwoord – Enter the Ninja (17,814,639)
This 2009 song thrust Die Antwoord into the spotlight.
Mountain Biker Gets Taken Out (14, 739,394)
Evan van der Spuy rode for Team Jeep at the time when a Red Hartebeest collided with him at the Time Freight Express MTB race. The amazing thing is that the hartebeest keeps going as if it bumped into something insignificant.
Die Antwoord- Baby’s On Fire (12, 670, 549)
Another YouTube sensation created by Die Antwoord. This time, it was shot in the shady parts of Johannesburg with some impressive stunts.
Top Gear- The Marauder, South Africa’s Ten Ton Military Vehicle (9,037,745)
South Africans adore Top Gear and when Richard Hammond revealed that he was â€œreviewing” this vehicle in Johannesburg it was in most of the newspapers in South Africa. It was all the usual antics of Top Gear with explosions and entertaining chaos.
Cobus Potgieter- Avenged Sevenfold (6,848,826)
What started out as some innocent videos on YouTube has turned into a career for Potgieter. This video shows him doing a cover version of one of the songs from the heavy metal group, Avenged Sevenfold.
Impala Jumps Into Car (5,990,915)
This is probably the most recent video of this list. It shows a cheetah chasing a herd of impala when an impala made the most sensational escape.
Great White Shark gets head into Shark Diving Cage (4,083,695)
A wife nearly loses her husband after only one day of marriage after a South African shark cage dive goes horribly wrong.