Love on Safari

Love on Safari


After Kira Slater inherits a wildlife reserve in South Africa, she travels there to meet Tom, the no-nonsense Chief Ranger and the dedicated staff. When she learns the reserve is in financial jeopardy, she must make some life-changing decisions that will include risking her own personal comfort.

Dove Review

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This enchanting Hallmark Original movie is shot in South Africa’s Brookers Reserve in Johannesburg and the elephant sanctuary in Belabela. The scenery is stunning, with amazing wildlife roaming freely over the beautiful terrain. The orchestral music is perfect for highlighting the exotic locations. The casting is excellent and the performances believable and true to the characters. The audience is taken on a wonderful journey into a world of exotic animals, stunning African landscape and culture, with very high production value throughout.

Kira Slater is an up and coming web designer who is stunned to learn that she has just inherited a wildlife reserve from her late Great Uncle. She knows nothing about wildlife reserves and travels to South Africa with full intention of quickly selling the Ukuthula Reserve and returning to her comfortable uncomplicated life in Chicago.

The only buyer is exploitive and greedy hotel mogul, Artie Harrington, and Brad, her Chicago boyfriend, is encouraging her to sell. Everyone is upset and Tom (Jon Cor), the Chief Ranger, decides to trick Kira into falling in love … with the reserve.

As Kira gets to know and understand the importance of this reserve, not just for the animals, but to the dedicated employees who care deeply for her uncle’s life’s work and legacy, she realizes that selling might not be the best decision for anyone. When Brad arrives unexpectedly at the reserve and goes behind Kira’s back to meet with Artie Harrington posing as her financial advisor, she’s had enough and breaks off with him.

Kira, together with the passionate game ranger, Tom, his sister Alley (Brittany Bristow), and the lodge bookkeeper Lwazi (Abigail Kubeka), create a brilliant plan to ultimately save the reserve from bankruptcy. And Tom and Kira?

This film is Dove-approved for All Ages.

The Dove Take:

An absolutely delightful and charming movie that leads to one woman’s understanding and clarity of purpose as she learns to embrace and accept the responsibility of caring for something much bigger than herself and in turn, finding a love she had no idea existed.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Loyal devotion expressed by the Reserve workers; Kira makes the right choices for the animals and learns what’s really important in life – love, commitment, hard work, and integrity.
Sex: Gentle kissing and hugging
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: Champagne consumed in celebration; no abuse of alcohol or inappropriate behavior
Nudity: Women wear hot-weather clothing but not for sexual purposes
Other: None


Company: Hallmark Channel, Incendo Productions
Director: Leif Bristow
Genre: Romance
Runtime: 84 min.
Reviewer: Carole H.