Top 5 Search Engines in South Africa

Top 5 Search Engines in South Africa. In this day an age, information is forever at our disposal, just at the click of a button. When you are unable to find the information you need on any of the recommended web sites, it is always possible to do your own search using one of the popular search engines

Below are just a few of the many search engines available on the web, which are popular here in South Africa.


Google is a search engine provided by Google. It handles more than 3.5 billion searches per day, and it is the most-visited website in South Africa and the world at large. It was originally developed in 1996, and in 2011, Google introduced “Google Voice Search” to search for spoken, rather than typed, words. In 2012, Google introduced a Knowledge Graph semantic search feature.

Microsoft Bing

Bing replaced MSN Search as Microsoft’s answer to Google in 2009. Bing has been making a lot of plays in the advertising space in their effort to catch up with Google, adding a number of features to Microsoft Ads. In October 2020, Bing officially rebranded to Microsoft Bing. The search engine has a respectable market, including South Africa, where one can search for any kind of breaking news and feature stories.


Yahoo is one of the most popular email providers in SA, and its web search engine holds third place in search. From October 2011 to October 2015, Yahoo search was powered exclusively by Bing. In October 2015 Yahoo agreed with Google to provide search-related services and until October 2018, the results of Yahoo were powered both by Google and Bing.

Wiki is a dedicated search engine for wikis. You have the option to select between all wikis, Wikipedia only, encyclopedias, or wikis submitted by other people. The results of the wiki are powered by Google and they are limited to wikis. If you want to find something specific in Wikipedia or other popular wikis, you can do it faster through wiki.


YouTube was founded in 2005 by veterans of PayPal and was purchased just over a year later by Google, giving it control over the top two search engines on this list. YouTube receives more than 2 billion logged-in users per month and feeds over 1 billion hours of video each day to users  worldwide. Even here in SA it is popular, with users searching to tutorials, life hacks, music, movies among so many things.


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