Fort Patiko

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Gulu - Patiko Rd, Patiko, Uganda

Fort Patiko Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
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Fort Patiko/Baker's Fort Nov 02, 2014
Baker’s Fort is an old Arab slaving post that was taken over as a fortress by the British Army, under Sir Samuel Baker, in the 19th century. It’s about 45 minutes drive up a murram road from Gulu.

There are some stone reconstructions of the footprints of various buildings, but there is not much of the physical fort left and it is worth agreeing to pay the guide, who will show up shortly after your arrival in the village, to tell you the story. There is a training programme in place and the guides know the fortress and its history well. The area is beautiful, and the fortress itself is mostly a rocky outcrop that formed natural caves where the arabs could store slaves, and the British could make fortifications, without an awful lot of additional construction being needed.

The site history is sad - the slavers captured large numbers of people, keeping the best for market and killing the rest, either by spear, shooting them, or executing them with axes; there are straight notches in some of the rock plateaus that we’re told were made by the panga axes. Kitchen rock, where food was made, is still smoke stained. The site is being maintained and it’s a really interesting half day out.
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Travel2014 says:
So sad.
Posted on: Nov 03, 2014
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