Africa

Tripping in the African bush

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya Neighbours Tom and Jo came by with a bucketful of wild African mushrooms, which they had collected in…

Cold Comfort Farm comes to Kenya

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia I woke with the breath of a leopard a few feet from me as I lay in my bed.…

Why I am hanging up my crystal ball

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad I caught a whiff of it as it rolled in from the east, the smell of hypocrisy being different…

The wild, wintry wonders of Lapland

6 January 2018 9:00 am

William Cook on the beauty and raw power of Lapland’s natural world

Aidan Hartley: A plague of ravenous zebras

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   The zebra lacks a rumen and eats at least twice as much as a cow. On our…

The era when you could love a car is over

25 November 2017 9:00 am

There are four of us in this relationship: my partner and I, his horse and my truck. His horse is…

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…

We need more Rees-Mogg, less Yvette Cooper

30 September 2017 9:00 am

I think this week marks my 40th anniversary as a Spectator columnist, but I’m not 100 per cent certain. All…

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.…

Barber Shop Chronicles assembles some of the finest comic talents around

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The National Theatre could hardly resist Barber Shop Chronicles. The play shines a light on a disregarded ethnic community, black…

Boris Johnson: This is a moment of hope for Libya. We can’t afford to miss it

13 May 2017 9:00 am

This devastated country can have a great future – but it must compromise

How the lords of poverty are squandering foreign aid

29 April 2017 9:00 am

How corrupt UN aid barons keep Africans poor, sick and hungry

Tristan Voorspuy died as he lived – boldly

11 March 2017 9:00 am

After he left the Blues and Royals in 1981, the young Tristan Voorspuy drove a motorbike from London to Cape…

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…

How to cure depression

28 January 2017 9:00 am

‘If life is a race, I feel that I’m not even at the starting line,’ I said to the doctor…

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…

Room and board in the elegant grounds of ­Ezzahra

A match made in heaven

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Chess fan William Cook takes a masterclass in Marrakech

Gambia: an African Benidorm ruled by a tyrant

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Gambians are leaving their country in droves as a result of the policies of Yahya Jammeh, the country’s overbearing president

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…

Zadie Smith’s latest dance to the music of time

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Zadie Smith explores themes of identity, freedom, rhythm and time with much skill and grace, says Ruth Scurr

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…

What’s a travelling oenophile to do?

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Nothing beats drinking Château d’Yquem in a tropical paradise

Ethical eating should replace gluttony as one of the seven deadly sins

24 September 2016 9:00 am

We need to update the seven deadly sins. Take out gluttony — what’s wrong with the odd bit of gorging?…