Speke History

Speke Hotel is named after the famous British explorer, John Hanning Speke, who discovered "The source of River Nile".

Speke Hotel is the first and oldest hotel in Uganda, built in the British Colonial times of the 1920s. It has, of course, gone through renovations, but has maintained its colonial ambience.

John Hanning Speke

John Hanning Speke born on 4th May 1827 was an officer in the British Indian Army who made three exploratory expeditions to Africa and who is most associated with the search for the source of the Nile and the discovery and naming of Lake Victoria.

In 1856, Speke and Burton went to East Africa to find the Great Lakes, which were rumored to exist in the centre of the continent. It was hoped that the expedition would locate the source of the Nile. The journey was extremely strenuous and both men fell ill from a variety of tropical diseases. After an arduous journey, the two became the first Europeans to reach Lake Tanganyika. They heard of a second lake in the area, but Burton was too sick to make the trip. Speke went alone and became the first European to visit Lake Victoria and discover the source of the Nile.