If you’re looking for a bit of pre-holiday cheer, check out Netflix’s Holiday in the Wild. Life is good for Kate (Kristin Davis): her son (John Owen Lowe) is off to college, she’s just booked a second honeymoon with her husband – a safari in Zambia – and is considering returning to her career as a vet.
When her husband tells her he wants a divorce, Kate decides to take the holiday anyway. She meets pilot Derek (Rob Lowe), who’s meant to fly her to the game lodge. But the flight makes an unscheduled stop when Derek spots an elephant calf at the side of its dead mother.
The two help get the elephant to an orphanage. Kate decides to spend the rest of her trip looking after the orphan, which is at death’s door. Jonathan (Fezile Mpela), who runs the orphanage, suggests she names the baby Manu, which means “second son”. Suddenly, Kate’s life is filled with meaning. Her time is divided between helping Manu back on his feet and learning about the important work being done to rehabilitate wild elephants.
But all good things must come on an end – or must they?
It’s good that the story doesn’t dwell on the horrors of poaching, but offers viewers a sense of hope, that people can make a difference.
Holiday in the Wild is a perfect “snuggle down with popcorn” film, with gorgeous scenes of Africa, and a window into how Christmas can be celebrated without snow and Santa.