Holiday in the Wild is a 2019 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Ernie Barbarash.

Official trailers

Netflix on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 released the trailer:
Holiday in the Wild | Official Trailer | Rob Lowe & Kristin Davis Go Wild This Christmas | Netflix.

Story intro

After their son Luke leaves for college, Kate Conrad surprises her husband Drew with a second honeymoon to Zambia. Drew confesses that he is no longer in love with her and was waiting for their son to go to college before ending the marriage. Kate decides to go on the trip alone. At dinner that evening, a man at the bar, Derek, notices her and strikes up a conversation with her. Kate irritably confesses her situation and then leaves in a huff. The next day, Kate arrives for a chartered flight to her next resort, only to find Derek is the pilot. During the flight, Derek unexpectedly lands the plane in the wild. They discover a traumatized baby elephant whose mother has been killed by poachers. Kate is intrigued by the elephant and when the rescue team arrives, Kate offers her services. At the sanctuary, Kate meets Derek's South African girlfriend, Leslie, who is part of the foundation that funds the sanctuary. She forms a special bond with the elephant she and Derek found, and Derek's friend Jonathan suggests the name "Manu", which means "second son". Kate extends her stay, even celebrating the Christmas season at the sanctuary. Her relationship with Derek deepens as they talk about their previous lives. But Kate is upset when she receives divorce papers from Drew at the Sanctuary. Luke comes to the sanctuary for Christmas and confesses he is unhappy in his business course; he wants to be a musician. Kate discourages him from this. Leslie is angered when she discovers a portrait of Kate that Derek drew. Leslie asks Derek to go away with her, but he refuses and breaks up with her. She retorts that the board will cut funding for the sanctuary. Kate finally returns to New York, where she takes a job as a vet. She convinces her son to continue in college, but to study music. On New Year's Eve, Kate calls Jonathan, and he relays that the sanctuary cannot continue operating much longer due to the cut in funding. Kate begins a fundraising campaign by asking for help from her friends and ex-husband, and also sells her jewelry and other things. The fundraising is successful and the sanctuary stays afloat. After visits from pampered pets, Kate realizes her job as a vet in New York is not fulfilling her, so she sells her apartment then buys a one-way ticket back to Zambia to be with Derek and the elephants.


Rob Lowe
Kristin Davis
Fezile Mpela
John Owen Lowe
Colin Moss
Thandi Puren
Keeno Lee Hector
Faniswa Yisa
Renate Stuurman
Waldemar Schultz
Dr. Fowler
Hayley Owen
Lynita Crofford
Mrs. Burns
Kgahliso Solomon
Lulu (as Kghaliso Solomon)
Tapiwa Musvosvi
Chanelys Garcia Nyapisi
Stevel Marc
Marty Kintu
Rosanna Minchella
Olivia Krevoy
Oscar Shumbwamuntu


Principal photography began in June 2018.

The film Holiday in the Wild was scheduled to be released on November 1, 2019 by Netflix.

The duration of the film is 86 minutes.


Holiday in the Wild got average rating from critics.

External links

IMDB: Christmas in the Wild

Wikipedia: Holiday in the Wild

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