The Victorian Explorer, Sir Samuel Baker, travelled to Uganda to explore the Nile sources, naming both Lake Albert and the Murchison Falls. Later, along with his wife, he suppressed the slave trade along the Nile, overcoming the slavers and setting up Baker's Fort.
In October 2019, join his great, great, grandson - David Baker - on a unique tour to capture the history, experience the magnificence, and understand the challenges his ancestors faced in finding such dramatic places.
The tour visits the key points on the recently established Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker Historical Trail, mapped out by African explorer and anthropologist Julian Monroe Fisher and David Baker. So, if you are interested in African explorers, anti-slavery, geography, history, the military and have an understandable fascination of the African landscape, its wildlife and its inspiring people -then this tour is especially for you!
Sir Samuel White Baker, KCB, FRS, FRGS (8 June 1821 – 30 December 1893) was an English explorer, naturalist, big game hunter, engineer, writer and abolitionist. He also held the titles of Pashain the Ottoman Empire and Egypt. He served as the Governor-General of the Equatorial Nile Basin (today's South Sudan and northern Uganda) between April 1869 and August 1873, which he established as the Province of Equatoria. He is best remembered as the discoverer of Lake Albert, as an explorer of the Nile and interior of central Africa and for putting down the slave trade along the Nile.
Group Captain David H G Baker MBE has unique access to documents about the expeditions of Sir Samuel and Lady Florence. Having now retired from the Royal Air Force, David is an accomplished lecturer on topics including Victorian Nile Exploration, Putting down the Slave Trade along the Nile; Florence Baker; Gordon of Khartoum; and Aviation in the First World War.