Wild life

What I must destroy in order to survive

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia Ripping up the black cotton soil on the farm’s high savannah I get a sense of what it must…

The joy of surfing

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Indian Ocean coast Like most men I wonder if I have been much good as a father, but one thing…

We are turning the ranch into a fortress for the Kenya elections

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Kenya   We are on the beach, where our home is full of dystopian stories. My daughter Eve is whizzing…

Could an end to this perpetual violence be in sight at last?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   During our evening walk on the farm, Claire kept looking around nervously instead of engaging in conversation.…

My dad, Operation Julie and a hashish bonfire

3 June 2017 9:00 am

The guests at my brother-in-law Rick’s 70th birthday lunch party were distinguished, silver-haired, well heeled. Long before Rick rescued the…

I fiddled around in my trauma kit but Duncan was gasping his last

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya On my way home to the ranch, I stopped for a beer with my neighbour Martin. It was…

Our farm is in the eye of a terrible, murderous storm

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   For weeks the farm has been in the eye of a storm, with violence swirling all around…

Remembering Tristan Voorspuy, one of the last stylishly mad people in Kenya

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia On Tristan Voorspuy’s hell-for-leather riding safaris across Kenya’s savannah, he cracked a bullwhip at predators that tried to eat…

‘There is an uneasy feeling in the pit of average stomachs that trouble is coming...’

11 February 2017 9:00 am

 Laikipia plateau, Kenya My great-grandpa Ernest Wise was an engineer who sailed to South Africa towards the end of the…

Living next door to a Kray twin

14 January 2017 9:00 am

We had my parents-in-law Gerry and Jean to stay with us on the farm over Christmas and being in a…

To our new man in Nairobi: white farmers need you

10 December 2016 9:00 am

 Kenya I realised I had fallen from grace when we were dropped from the Queen’s birthday party guest list at…

300 warriors, 10,000 cows: living through a farm invasion

19 November 2016 9:00 am

 Aero Club of East Africa   The world looked so clean and untroubled during the flight in Bob’s light aircraft…

Corrupt politicians won’t drive me off our farm

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Kenya A woman’s bottom cheered me up recently. The lady was walking ahead of me in a Kenya street and…

Fat! Wide! Deep! George Aggett and his amazing Boran bulls

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Laikipia   For a rancher north of Mount Kenya, a man’s best legacy might be a good bloodline of Boran…

'So you're the guy who kills black people.' 'I thought that was you?'

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Kenya When the late Tom Cholmondeley walked into his cell after being accused of murder in Kenya’s Rift Valley, etched…

There’s a buffalo in my herbaceous border

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Gilgil, Kenya   At our Gilgil hut in the Rift Valley I’ve had a new flower garden planted to welcome…

Me, a gun-toting gangster? I take it as a compliment

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Kenya As soon as I pulled out of town, I knew I had made a mistake taking on the new…

How Nairobi gangsters would vote in the EU referendum

21 May 2016 9:00 am

   Nairobi The gangsters hadn’t heard of Brexit. ‘What is this “Breaks it”?’ they asked my friend hours after kidnapping…

How do we save the elephant? It’s simple: eat them

23 April 2016 9:00 am

   Laikipia I sip my Tusker beer on the veranda, staring at the elephant. He’s not the elephant in the…

I’ve put a fence up around my farm, but it doesn’t keep the wildlife out

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Laikipia ‘Awayoo,’ was how our head stockman Apurra said ‘how are you?’ in his texts from Pokot country, where I…

The marabou defecation was so voluminous that the sapeur was beyond salvation

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Nairobi Nairobi’s old avenues were designed to be wide enough for a wagon and several span of oxen to U-turn…

A close encounter with a puff adder

16 January 2016 9:00 am

On New Year’s Day I took the family out for an evening walk on the ranch. Along the verges, lush…

The James Herriot of Africa

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Great Rift Valley The mare hangs her head; her neck is swollen, her eyes bloody red, crammed by flies. She…

The Kenyan night is like a busy shipping lane, but silent

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Night falls like a fire curtain at seven and I go to bed not long afterwards, serenaded by bullfrogs after…

What Ryszard Kapuscinski airbrushed out of his bestselling book

24 October 2015 9:00 am

I once found myself on a lonely road in southern Ethiopia with the famous Polish author Ryszard Kapuscinski. We were…