Africa

The true saviours of African wildlife

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   A cheetah perched in the front seat of your gold-plated Lamborghini. Stick that on Instagram in Saudi…

Why we should listen to elephants

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   ‘An elephant has fallen over,’ said the man running up to me. My first thought was that…

The British see Africa only in terms of aid but there are business opportunities aplenty

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Kenya   As the Union Flag was lowered during Kenya’s Uhuru ceremony in 1963, the Duke of Edinburgh turned to…

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Demography has become the biggest story on the planet

2 February 2019 9:00 am

One of my vanities is that all my novels are different. Yet one astute journalist identified a universal thread: ‘Too…

Aidan Hartley and dead cobra

Me vs an eight-foot spitting cobra

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya ‘The End,’ I typed. The book had taken me 14 years to write. I rose from my desk…

If you looked only at our farm, and avoided reading the news, you might find it absurd to hear there are only 7,000 cheetah in the world

How I rewilded the African bush

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia   My two Jersey bulls Halcyon and Hosanna were grazing happily on the lawn in front of the house…

I saw my future in the entrails of a butchered sheep

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   The Turkana cowhands are on Facebook and they spend a lot of time on their cell phones,…

China is winning the new scramble for Africa. Brexit could change that

1 September 2018 9:00 am

On her tour of South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, Theresa May finally made a positive case for Brexit. For too…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May goes to Africa, Labour accused of anti-Semitism (again) and John McCain dies

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, flew off to South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria accompanied by a trade delegation. In…

‘This is the last straw.’

Britain should spend more on diplomacy in Africa and less on aid

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Britain should spend more on diplomacy in Africa and less on aid

A warning to those who argue that we live in a visual society

7 July 2018 9:00 am

‘Can one person really grasp the significance of what another person has been through?’ asks Dr Rita Charon in this…

A cow is better than a bank balance

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya A minotaur head glowers at me through the bathroom window while I am brushing my teeth in the…

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…