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An Escape into the Wild

Emily Jost

By Emily Jost, 2015 Noble-Watoto Fellow

Posted Mar. 30, 2015

First off, I'd like to mention that my husband has arrived here in Uganda. I'm excited beyond words, but this is all the oogling I'll do.

My parents, husband and I went on a safari at Murchison Falls National Park. On the way, we stopped at the top of Murchison Falls to see and hear the amount of water that shoots through the small opening. We stayed at the beautiful Paraa Lodge & Resort. We were able to go on two game drives and a river ride to see Murchison Falls from the bottom.

I'm not sure how many more words can do the experience justice. So I'll just provide pictures.

partner in crimeMy partner in crime and the best at catching sight of the wildlife first.

tsetse fliesTsetse flies that stuck to our van as if they could smell human blood through it. These flies are dangerous because they carry sleeping sickness.

murchison fallsThe top of Murchison Falls.

dad at fallsMy dad has always been a bit of a rebel. He crossed over the "STOP" and almost gave our driver a heart attack by how close my dad was to the falls.

falls into the nileThe falls going into the Nile.

ferry rideThe ferry ride to our lodge. And Luke on the lookout for wildlife, as usual.

elephantThe first animal seen at the start of our game drive.

giraffeMy favorite animal of the safari.


elephantsA momma and baby elepant

jackson's hartebeestMore mommas with their babies. This is a Jackson's hartebeest.

african warthogsAfrican Warthogs, or Pumbaa and her minis.

lioness and cubsWe watched a lioness and her two cubs for about 30 minutes.

safari sunsetOh, and safari sunsets.

hipposHippos everywhere!

crocodileAnd of course, vicious crocodile.

bottom of fallsThe bottom of the falls.

baboonA hungry and almost domesticated baboon.

baboonsAs we were leaving, the baboons didn't want to see us go.

About the Author

Emily Jost is a 2015 Noble-Watoto Fellow working at Watoto Child Care Ministries in Uganda. Jost is from Edmond, Oklahoma, and is in her final semester in the master of international agriculture program at Oklahoma State University, where she focuses on sustainable development.