Safari Number 2

Hi Year 4,

We’re back in Nairobi after going on our second safari of the holiday. This time we stayed in a tented camp right in the middle of the safari park. We saw lots of animals again, but this time we saw some lions! There were two female lions next to the side of the road for a very long time. We saw them in the morning and they were still in the same spot when we drove past again in the evening. They had just enjoyed a big meal and were feeling very lazy.

Lionesses resting by the side of the road

While we were in the safari park we visited a chimpanzee sanctuary, we were able to see the chimps up close, but there had to be an electric fence between us because the male chimps are as strong as four men! What do you think these chimps could be thinking?

I wonder what these chimps are thinking about

While we were in the Safari park we also saw some elephants. These were grown up and were much bigger than the baby ones I showed you in the other photo.

This elephant was huge!


After our safari we went to a very nice country club for a day. There were lots of animals in the grounds of the club. When we were going back to our hut lots of warthogs (like Pumba in the Lion King) ran in front of us! There were also peacocks and baboons, which were a bit scary!

I think we’re going to visit some giraffes tomorrow. I will post if we do.

Mrs Wainwright

Quick hello

Hi Year 4,

Sorry that I’ve not posted much recently – I’ve been away from the Internet. I’m sitting in a coffee shop drinking passion fruit juice very close to the equator. We went on another safari yesterday and this morning and I stayed in a tent!We’re on our way to a country club soon,where we’re staying tonight. I hope there will be Internet there. If there is I will put some photos of the things I’ve seen.

See you all soon,

Mrs W


Hi everyone,

I had a very different sort of Good Friday yesterday. I am in Mombasa which is much hotter than Nairobi – it is around 30 degrees Celsius here already and it’s only 10.30. We had to get up at 4am to catch a flight out of Nairobi airport into Mombasa – it only took around 45 minutes, but it would have taken us 8 hours to drive here. We met some people at the airport and then went to a children’s home in the city.

Around 8o children live in the children’s home. They all go to school in Mombasa. We said some Good Friday prayers with them and saw where they slept and had their library and play ground.

After visiting the children’s home we came to our hotel. We’re going to have a bit of a rest here – it’s too hot to do lots of visits to different places, so I’ve been reading lots of my book. We’re going to church in Mombasa on Easter Sunday morning, I’ll try to tell you all about it tomorrow or on Monday.

I’ll post again soon,

Mrs W

P.S. – There are lots of creepy crawlies here because it’s so hot. There was a little lizard on top of a switch in my room last night – it wasn’t as colourful as this fellow though. We saw him by the swimming pool yesterday.

There are lots of lizards hiding here!

Elephant Orphanage

Hi everyone,

Today I visited an elephant orphanage where people take care of elephants who don’t have a mother elephant to look after them. It takes about 3 years for an elephant to be able to survive on its own in the wild, so if an elephant is killed when it has a baby then the baby needs to be rescued and looked after by humans. There were 18 elephants in the sanctuary ranging from 2 months to 3 years old.

This baby is only 2 months old.

The baby has blankets on its back to stop it from getting pneumonia. Even though it is quite warm in Kenya, the baby still needs to be kept the right temperature, so the keepers put blankets on the youngest animals. I don’t think mother elephants have blankets though – what do you think they do to keep their babies warm in the wild?

While the babies are in the orphanage their keepers sleep in the stables with them every night! This is because elephants normally live in families and they would get lonely if they were left on their own too much. They also need to be fed every 3 hours, right through the night, so it’s easier for the keepers to stay with them than to keep coming in and out. The keepers have bunk beds in the stables where they stay with the baby elephants. Do you think you would like that job?

We’re flying to Mombasa tomorrow. It will be much hotter and we are going to spend the Easter weekend there. I will try and get on the Internet while I’m away.

Keep posting,

Mrs Wainwright

My first safari!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday we set off from Nairobi at 9am to go to Lake Naivasha, where I was to enjoy my first ever safari. We arrived at the lodge we were staying in around lunch time and had a huge and very delicious three course meal. Afterwards I went to sleep for a few hours and at 4.30 set off on our Safari – can you remember what I said the Swahili word Safari means in English?

We had a very nice guide called Crispas to drive us around in a big off road car. A student named Esther came with us, she is studying tour guiding at university, and was learning to take people around game parks. We saw lots of animals on our game drive. Can you spot which animal I am with in this picture?

Can you spot the wildlife in the background?


Mr Wainwright’s mum wrote down all of the animals that we saw. Here’s the list:

Eland, Impala, Buzzard, Reedbuck, Warthog, Zebra, Masai giraffe, Buffalo, Wildebeast, Topi, Gran’s gazelle, Thomason’s Gazelle, Cattle Egret, Grevy’s Zebra, Guinea Fowl, Tawny Eagle, Ostrich, White-bearded Wildebeast, White Rhino, Giraffe, Oryx, Silver bearded Jackal.

Can you pick one and tell me an interesting fact about it? I wonder if I can have one interesting fact about each animal by the end of my holiday?

During our game drive we stopped to watch the sun go down. I got out of the vehicle and we had some snacks and a drink around the fire.

Here I am out of the safari vehicle getting warm by the fire

After the sun had gone down we got back into the vehicle and went back to the lodge. We got changed and had a delicious dinner. Then went for some much needed sleep!

This morning we went on another safari – this time we saw lots of flamingos on the lake. They were really smelly when we got close to them but the pink colour looked really beautiful. We drove for about an hour and a half before going back to the hotel, checking out and driving back to Nairobi. We stopped for lunch on the way and saw some hippos in the grounds of the hotel!

We’re staying around Nairobi tomorrow, so I’ll post some more then.

Mrs Wainwright.

Tea Plantation

Hi everyone,

Today we visited a tea plantation. It was really interesting to see how the tea was grown. A lady whose Grandfather had moved to Kenya from England told us all about tea, how it is grown, picked and made. Did you know that the tea producers only use the top 3 leaves of the tea plant to make tea? She said that when we buy PG tips, or Yorkshire Tea in the supermarket, there could be some Kenyan tea in it. Why do you think Kenya is a good place to grow tea?

Here I am looking at one of the types of tea leaves

After the lady had told us all about the different types of tea, we went outside with a guide to look at the tea plantations and to go into the forest to see what the land would have been like before the tea was grown there. Just as we left the house it started to rain. I was absolutely drenched by the time we got back. The rain was so loud that you couldn’t hear what the guide was telling us about the plants at all! When we got back to the house we had to borrow some towels to get dry. I took my socks off because they were so wet and one of the people who worked in the house threw them into the fireplace because he thought they were paper!

My coat got so wet we had to wash and dry it when we got home!

After we came back home we went to visit some of Mr Wainwright’s mum and dad’s neighbours. They are a very nice couple and the lady was very kind. She kept saying ‘karibu’ which means welcome in Swahili. In Kenya, if you go into a person’s house you must eat or drink something, otherwise you are being rude. The lady brought us some nuts, biscuits and diet coke to eat and drink.

Tomorrow we are going to visit a lake and I am going on my first Safari – did you know that Safari means journey in Swahili? I hope I will see lots of interesting animals!

Keep posting and enjoy your holidays.

Mrs W


Just to remind you that you should only post direct replies to my comments and posts, along with questions about them. Anyone uploading photos from home, details about their holiday or anything else unrelated will have their posts deleted and their posting privileges removed.

I would still love to see posts and comments about Kenya though!

Mrs Wainwright

First Day in Kenya

Hello Year 4,

I hope you’re enjoying the start of your Easter holidays. We arrived in Kenya on Saturday evening, and settled into Mr Wainwright’s mum and dad’s house, which is very comfortable.

This morning we went to a Palm Sunday church service. It was very different from church at home. There were 1000 people in the congregation, and the singing was very different to what we’re used to. The people had real palm branches and they sang in Swahili, which is the language here. I was sat with a very nice lady who translated the whole service into English for me so that I could understand what was being said. There was lots of singing and dancing, and the service was two hours long. How is this different from your church?

The people were very kind to me and gave me a traditional Kenyan outfit. They dressed me in it at the front of the church and it was very warm with my other clothes on underneath! I’ve put a photo of me (in my new dress) with Mr Wainwright and the ministers of the church – do you like it?

After the service we went to the house of the ministers. They gave us some lunch. I ate chapattis (which are like pancakes) with a sort of beef curry and fried chicken. There were also green beans and spinach. We had fruit juice to go with our meal and afterwards ate some bananas and watermelon. How is this different from what you had for your Sunday dinner?

Tomorrow we’re going to visit a tea plantation. I will try to get on here again after we’ve done that.

Remember to post your comments!

Mrs Wainwright

Do you like my new outfit?

Welcome to our blog!

Hi everyone,

As my class probably all know, I am going to visit Mr Wainwright’s parents in Kenya during the Easter holidays. As an introduction to our ICT topic on blogging next term, year 4’s holiday homework is to read my blog and to comment on it. We will be having a go at creating our own Y4 blog after the break, and I’m hoping that this example will help us to get into it quickly. I will do my best to get to a computer with the internet on it as often as possible so that I can keep you all updated on what’s going on and will share some photos along with my posts. Hit comment to reply – your comments will come to me first, then I’ll publish them on the blog.

I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday and will hear from you soon,

Mrs Wainwright