Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.


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

Somali women carry weapons during a demo

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…

Kruger National Park

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…

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,…