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We’ve put together a list of must-watch African Netflix shows to watch in 2023!

Netflix Africa has been on a steady rise over the past few years, with series and movies dominating the local charts. The best African movies and TV shows on Netflix to watch right now divide themselves between fantasy and reality. For those looking to escape and take a small step away from your own life with some South African comedy, there’s nothing better than witnessing the life of free-spirited Tumi who always manages to make a mess of things. Can she make it through this holiday family reunion without ruining it completely? And for those who can’t get enough of real life (and true crime), I Am All Girls, a South African thriller inspired by true events about an investigator working to shut down an international human trafficking ring. 

Do Your Worst (2023). Click here to watch!

Regret and redemption take center stage as Sondra, struggling actor and professional mess, faces the consequences of a lifetime of her own bad decisions. Director: Samantha Nell; Writers: Sonia Esguiera, Zoë Laband; Stars: Shannon Esra, Kate Liquorish, Wayne Van Rooyen.

Kedibone (2020). Click here to watch!

An exotically beautiful Sotho girl, Kedibone Manamela, chooses to live her youth on the fast lane. Veiled from her loyal childhood boyfriend’s eyes, she bounces between being a good girl in the township and the ‘it’ girl on the high end of Johannesburg streets. A dark threat looms over the day when the news of Kedibone’s escapades reaches the young man. Director: Thomas Gumede; Writers: Zaba LeRoto Hlatshwayo; Stars: Natasha Thahane, Wright Ngubeni, Busisiwe Mtshali.

Blood and Water (2020). Click here to watch!

After crossing paths at a party, a Cape Town teen sets out to prove whether a private-school swimming star is her sister who was abducted at birth. Writers: Nosipho Dumisa, Daryne Joshua, Travis Taute; Stars: Ama Qamata, Khosi Ngema, Gail Mabalane.

How to Ruin Christmas (2020). Click here to watch!

Garnering multiple Golden Horn Awards, Tumi tries to make things right after ruining what should have been her sister’s picture-perfect Christmas wedding. Stars: Thando Thabethe, Dippy Padi, Saint Seseli.

The Valley of A Thousand Hills (2022). Click here to watch!

A young woman who comes from a conservative village must choose between living a lie to stay the perfect Zulu daughter, or risk her life for true love. Nosipho has a secret. She is a loving daughter held up as an example in her community, with a domineering father who has chosen a potential husband for her. But her soulmate and one true love is a woman. Director: Bonie Sithebe; Writers: Bonie Sithebe, Philani Sithebe; Stars: Sibongokuhle Nkosi, Mandisa Vilakazi.

Kings of Jo’burg (2020). Click here to watch!

The Masire brothers rule Johannesburg’s criminal underworld, but a supernatural family curse threatens to destroy them. Creator: Shona Ferguson; Stars: Llewellyn Cordier, Altovise Lawrence, Shona Ferguson.

I Am All Girls (2021). Click here to watch!

A relentless detective finds common ground with a killer systematically targeting the perpetrators running a powerful child-trafficking ring. Director: Donovan Marsh; Writers: Wayne Fitzjohn, Marcell Greeff, Emile Leuvennink; Stars: Erica Wessels, Hlubi Mboya, Leshego Molokwane.