Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.

The parks are empty and the landscapes are yours

If you want a real safari, head to Botswana

3 January 2015 9:00 am

As a boy camping with my father on safaris deep in the African bush, there were no tents involved; we…

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I cannot imagine living in a world without lions

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Laikipia We are privileged to live with lions on the farm. We hear them most nights. We encounter them frequently.…

There are echoes of Turkey and Armenia in the revisionist view of the Rwandan genocide

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Kenya It’s a long time since I thought of Thaddee, our Kigali stringer when I was covering Rwanda for Reuters.…

Maasai People Struggle As Kenya Declares Drought Emergency

What happened when I tried to buy back my father's farm

25 October 2014 9:00 am

 Kenya I perused the brochure produced by Tanzania’s state corporation for livestock ranching, aimed at attracting foreign investors. Under ‘beef…

From Burma — or maybe Saigon — to Manchester via Calcutta

27 September 2014 8:00 am

England   We dropped off our daughter Eve at her new school in the Midlands and started the long journey…

A British patrol advancing along the Waw river, Burma Photo: Getty

The forgotten flank of the forgotten corps of the Forgotten Army

6 September 2014 9:00 am

The British who fought in Burma became known as the ‘Forgotten Army’ because this was a neglected theatre of the…

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It's time for Kenya to put aside dreams of singing wells and dancing bulls

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Laikipia   ‘Good morning, sir!’ The warrior strides up to me on the high plains and shakes my hand. ‘May…

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Climbing Mount Kenya with my 13-year-old daughter

19 July 2014 9:00 am

 Kenya Highlands I’ve just descended Mount Kenya with Eve, my 13-year-old daughter, and her class of school leavers from Pembroke…

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Please take your holiday in Kenya this year

21 June 2014 9:00 am

 Rift Valley Many of my British tribe fled Kenya around independence in 1963 because they believed there was no future.…

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The books that have kept me alive

24 May 2014 9:00 am

In bed Safety measures — I’ve never been good at them, so inevitably I inhaled and got soaked by the…

A Somali government soldier at the site of car bomb blast in front of the Makka Al Mukarrama Hotel in Mogadishu,  March 15, 2014

Hunted in Mogadishu by the Sick Man and the Jilbab

26 April 2014 9:00 am

From a way off, as he entered the café, he looked young and handsome but when he sat down there…

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Before you talk about 'Lessons from Rwanda', read this

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Twenty years ago, I was a witness to the Rwandan genocide. Those who speak of lessons from it are deluded

A £50 million search for love

29 March 2014 9:00 am

 Laikipia When I first knew Michael Cunningham-Reid he was such a strict teetotaller that he would not eat trifle for…

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Jubilant greetings to you, Celestino! How is the atmospheric pressure in your corner? 

15 February 2014 9:00 am

 Laikipia ‘I am old and cannot work again,’ said Celestino. ‘But you are 46 and we have many years to…

The greater the risk, the greater the reward

I don't love money, but I love the risks it makes me take

18 January 2014 9:00 am

On the flight into Kinshasa, I sat next to an elderly Englishman who was pallid with fear. He revealed that…

Cattle Rustlers

Aidan Hartley: If Santa Claus tried to make a delivery, he’d be shot before he reached the chimney

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Laikipia In the cattle rustlers’ camp, I know as I write this that the warriors are sharpening their blades, staring…

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Aidan Hartley: Kenya is special like no other African nation

16 November 2013 9:00 am

As I write this, my hands are seared and bruised from holding a hot iron after branding our cattle. We…

The Sphinx and the Pyramid of Menkaure

The only people thriving in post-revolution Egypt — tomb raiders

9 November 2013 9:00 am

In Egypt’s turmoil, many ancient sites are being looted

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Aidan Hartley: How Muslim militants and Western jihadis wrecked enchanting Somalia

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Wizards inland from the little Somali port of Barawe bewitched a person to come to them by banging a nail…

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How we survived terror at Nairobi's Westgate mall

28 September 2013 9:00 am

What it was like at the Westgate mall, from two of those who survived

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Al-Qa'eda targeted Kenya not because it's a banana republic, but because it's a symbol of African success

28 September 2013 9:00 am

If Al-Shabaab was behind the terrorist attack in Nairobi, then the group has come a long way since its foundation…

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Aidan Hartley: I have been shot at and bombed so why do I fear a pyramid?

21 September 2013 9:00 am

It was towards dusk by the time we had given the tourist police the slip and started climbing the pyramid…

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Killing in Kenya: Aidan Hartley tracks the last steps of an elephant

24 August 2013 9:00 am

  Laikipia The bull elephant had roamed our northern marches of the Laikipia plateau for decades. I always recognised him…

The Ghosts of Happy Valley, by Juliet Barnes - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Rift Valley, Kenya The other day when I told the headmaster of a top British public school that I came…

A Somali shepherd in Kenya

A binge on alcohol and meat, plus hired sex and lodging — all for £1.50

27 July 2013 9:00 am

 Kenya Home is beyond the perimeter of modern Kenya and way off the grid. When the ancient generator goes off…