Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.

Kenny Kunene's Birthday Party

Life among South Africa’s nouveaux riches

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Life among South Africa’s nouveaux riches

Wild life

20 April 2013 9:00 am

Colobus monkeys in the forest were throat singing like Tibetan monks. Mist rose from the Kericho tea gardens above us…

Wild life

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Rift Valley ‘We’re on the frontline,’ I said. ‘And however many guns we had, it wouldn’t be enough against the…

Kenyan elections, 2007

Kenya election: bullets and the economic boom

16 March 2013 9:00 am

It’s a time of hope for machine-gun-toting criminals — and, ultimately, for me

Wild life

23 February 2013 9:00 am

Rift Valley I am training for a half-marathon on the slopes of Mount Kenya in June and I must prepare…

The original Mad Mullah: Mohammed Abdullah Hassan of Somalia

What Africa needs now

26 January 2013 9:00 am

Don’t intervene, invest

Will I survive my mid-life marathon?

26 January 2013 9:00 am

Rift Valley ‘I’ve got a brilliant idea,’ said Jools on the phone, his voice characteristically rising like a commentator on…

Wild life

15 December 2012 9:00 am

Gilgil, Kenya Pembroke House, our children’s school, is a little slice of England set in Kenya’s Rift Valley. In the…

Years of living dangerously

8 December 2012 9:00 am

The son of a fish-paste factory manager in London’s East End, Alan Root fell in love with ornithology as a…

Somalia New Restaurants

Cooking for freedom

24 November 2012 9:00 am

A London chef has returned to Mogadishu to make a stand against al-Qa’eda

Wild life

17 November 2012 9:00 am

Northern Kenya If I go out in darkness I dread neither the leopard nor the lion but I recoil from…

Wild life

20 October 2012 9:00 am

Mogadishu I return to Mogadishu to find it’s calm – only a few assassinations, hit-and-run attacks, IEDs or suicide bombs…

Wild life

22 September 2012 9:00 am

He was under a tiny patch of shade under a tree in one of the earth’s remotest spots. At Nadapal,…

Wild life

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Kigali Eighteen years after Rwanda’s bloodbath I disembarked from my flight and was surprised to see that mortar craters no…

Wild life

28 July 2012 6:00 am

Kenya coast A loud crash woke us in the middle of our first night at the beach house. ‘Robbers must…

Wild life

30 June 2012 6:00 am

Laikipia My new pride and joy is a pedigree Boran bull named Woragus 317. We know him as Ollie. Sired…

Wild life

26 May 2012 12:15 pm

Juba After an all-night rainstorm in Juba I woke to see the mosquito that bit me in the dark. Now,…

Wild life

28 April 2012 12:00 pm

Laikipia, Kenya Darkness was closing in and one of the sheep was lost. A search party formed. On my Kenya…

Wild life

31 March 2012 1:00 pm

I looked at the bomb craters and their shrapnel blast patterns. Dozens of metres away, rocks and tree trunks were…

Wild life

25 February 2012 1:00 pm

Kenya  At Nairobi’s Muthaiga Club this week I bumped into Stanley Johnson, author of the superb memoir Stanley, I Presume…

Wild life

28 January 2012 1:00 pm

Wau, South Sudan ‘Let’s visit the brewery,’ said Ken when we reached Wau. We were dusty and parched. It was…

Wild life

3 December 2011 1:00 pm

Kenya In protest against the lack of law and order in my farming district I have decided to dye my…

Wild life

5 November 2011 3:00 pm

Kenya I am proud of Kenya for taking on Muslim extremists in southern Somalia. Rather wisely, the Kenyan military has…

Wild life

8 October 2011 8:00 pm

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