Who are the most followed South African Celebrities on Instagram? Who has the most followers on Instagram in South Africa in 2022? Here’s a list of the highest followed Instagram celebrities, influencers, and personalities in South Africa.
Instagram, a photo and video-sharing social media platform, is fast gaining traction throughout the world, with more than 1 billion monthly users, making it the world’s second most popular app. Because of its expanding popularity, Instagram has become a vital source of influencer marketing. Social media influencers appear to make a lot simply by posting photos to their accounts.
Instagram, shortened as IG, is one of the social media platforms that enables celebrities all over the world have been able to use to interact with their fans. Also, it has become the number one platform that celebrities and personalities use to show off their wealth, body of work, and what they have been up to in their career.
Since it is assumed that the more followers one have, the more popular they are, celebrities check their followers every day to see how they are doing.
Discover Top Ranked Influencers by Type and Category of Influence in South Africa. We’ve profiled South Africa’s top influencers by a number of followers so you can see how they’re ranked. The ranking data will be updated every month.
Top 20 Most Followed South African Celebrities, Personalities, And Influencers On Instagram
Find out the most influential Instagram accounts with details on their number of followers from South Africa.
1. AB de Villiers – 17.2 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @abdevilliers17
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers is a former South African international cricketer. De Villiers was named as the ICC ODI Player of the Year three times during his 15-year international career and was one of the five Wisden cricketers of the decade at the end of 2019.
2. Candice Swanepoel – 17.1 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @candiceswanepoel
Candice Susan Swanepoel is a South African model and philanthropist. She is known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. She became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2010 and is still contracted with the brand. In 2016, she was listed 8th on the Forbes top-earning models list.
3. Trevor Noah – 7.4 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @trevornoah
Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, television host, actor, and political commentator. He is the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central. Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career in South Africa in 2002.
4. Charlize Theron – 6.8 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @charlizeafrica
Charlize Theron is a South African and American actress and producer. One of the world’s highest-paid actresses, she is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. In 2016, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
5. Boity Thulo – 5.5 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @boity
Boitumelo Thulo, popularly known as Boity, is a South African television personality, rapper, actress, businesswoman, and model. In 2019, Thulo was named as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 for her contribution to the music and entertainment sector.
6. Cassper Nyovest – 5.4 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @casspernyovest
Refiloe Maele Phoolo, professionally known as Cassper Nyovest, is a South African rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and record producer. Born and raised in Mahikeng, North West, he is regarded as one of the most successful artists in South Africa. In 2014, he established his own record label, Family Tree Records.
7. Natasha Thahane – 5 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @natasha_thahane
Natasha Thahane is a South African actress, model, and media personality. She is best known for her roles in the television series Blood & Water, Skeem Saam, The Queen, and It’s OK We’re Family.
8. Amanda du-Pont – 4.6 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @amandadupont
Amanda du-Pont is a Swazi-born South African actress, model, and television host. Du-Pont is known for her portrayal of Senna in the CW drama series Life is Wild and Sharon in the SABC 3 comedy-drama Taryn & Sharon. Currently, she stars as Ashley in the Netflix thriller series Shadow.
9. Minnie Dlamini – 4.6 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @minniedlamini
Minenhle Dlamini, known as Minnie Dlamini, is a South African on-air personality, actress, and model. In 2010 she was selected as the new presenter for the SABC 1 Friday live-music show Live Amp.
10. Bonang Matheba – 4.6 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @bonang_m
Bonang Dorothy Matheba, is a South African television presenter and radio personality. Born in Mahikeng, North West, she is known for her flamboyant presenting skills and her signature voice. She presented the SABC 1 music show LIVE which built her spotlight in the industry.
11. Somizi Mhlongo – 4.5 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @somizi
Somizi Buyani Mhlongo-Motaung is a South African actor, media personality, and choreographer. In 1992, he appeared in the musical and political film, Sarafina! which gained him prominence.
12. DJ Zinhle – 4.4 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @djzinhle
Ntombezinhle Jiyane is a South African DJ, producer, media personality, and businesswoman, who is better known by her stage name DJ Zinhle. Zinhle has also pursued an acting career.
13. Nomzamo Mbatha – 4.2 Million Followers
Nomzamo Mbatha, is a South African actress, television personality, businesswoman, and human rights, activist.
14. Ntando Duma Mthombeni – 3.8 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @dumantando
Ntando Duma (born August 29, 1995) is a South African actress and television personality. She is best known as a presenter on e.tv‘s youth programming block Craz-e, where she is primarily featured on Craz-e World live. She is also well known for her portrayal of Zinzi Dandala on e.tv’s soap opera Rhythm City.
She is also embroiled in a race row following a live stream where she racially abuses a woman who confronted her about parking in disabled parking.
15. Nasty C – 3.7 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @nasty_csa
Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, known professionally as Nasty C, is a South African rapper, songwriter, and record producer.
16. Black Coffee – 3.2 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @realblackcoffee
Nkosinathi Innocent Sizwe Maphumulo, better known by his stage name Black Coffee, is a South African DJ, record producer, and songwriter.
17. AKA – 3.1 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @akaworldwide/
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, known professionally as AKA, is a South African rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Cape Town, Western Cape, Forbes gained significance after releasing his single “Victory Lap” which was released from his debut studio album, Altar Ego.
18. Jessica Nkosi – 3 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @jessicankosi/
Jessica Nkosi is a South African actress and TV presenter, best known for her leading roles in M-Net commissioned telenovelas Isibaya, Ayeye, and The Queen.
19. Thembi Seete – 2.8 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @thembiseete_/
Thembi Seete, is a South African actress, singer, rapper, television presenter, and model. She is best known as a member of the former kwaito group Boom Shaka. Currently, she plays the role of “Gladys” in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Gomora.
20. Lerato Kganyago – 2.7 Million Followers
Instagram Handle: @leratokganyago
Lerato Kganyago, also known as LKG, is a South African actress, model, and media personality. She is best known for her roles in films. Apart from that, she is also an MC, entrepreneur, model, and DJ.
Celebrities and personalities who follow to make up the top 30 most followed South Africans on Instagram are Faf du Plessis, Nadia Nakai, Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa, DJ Maphorisa, Khanya Mkangisa, Ayanda Thabethe, Emtee, Dawn Thandeka King, Dale Steyn with followers between 1.6 to 2.5 million.