Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

Wild life: Could I ever revive the Pinguaan Springs?

15 June 2013 9:00 am

Il Pinguaan Springs When I first saw the Pinguaan Springs they were small, fetid bogs set about with papyrus, the…

Wild life: Leopard on a hot tin roof

18 May 2013 9:00 am

A leopard has been on the rampage night after night. We know her because she often lurks in the woods…

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…

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…

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…