Kenya

How an orphaned baby kudu gave solace to my grieving friend

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   On 5 April this year, my neighbour Torrie’s sister Vicki died during an operation in a Nairobi…

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…

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…

Rewilding your kids: El Karama Eco Lodge in Kenya reviewed

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Mark Mason and family get back to nature at a safari lodge

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…

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…

The joys of early rising

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia I wake at 4 a.m. these days. At that time you might hear a lion or a braying zebra,…

Farming is a hard life no matter where you do it

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya Erupe is a Kenyan farmer. He owns a smallholding of a few acres not far from my own…

All was calm at the elephant safari camp. Then the river began to roar...

31 March 2018 9:00 am

When Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, ejected from the aeroplane he was flying solo to Scotland, he parachuted to the ground…

To those with a taste for desolation, Lake Turkana may be the most beautiful place on Earth

17 March 2018 9:00 am

As I write, a great gale is blowing in from Lake Turkana. The dry hills on the other side, always…

The wisdom of toads, termites and wait-a-bit thorns

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia Off Madagascar the other day the Indian Ocean gave birth to a little storm called 11S. As its gyre…

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.…

How to bee-proof yourself

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Kenya  First comes a distant hum, rising in volume until I hear it coming straight at me like Niki Lauda…

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…

Rumours of sexual misconduct swirl around Westminster

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Home A great ferment of accusations of sexual impropriety was made against people in Parliament and out of it. Bex…

Why Kenya matters

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia   Flying home across Laikipia’s ranchlands with Martin after a farmers’ meeting, I see the plateau dotted with cattle…

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…

Don’t hold your breath for my follow-up to A Very British Coup

19 August 2017 9:00 am

To the Business School at the University of Edinburgh to be interviewed on the theme of ‘Great Political Disasters’. Main…

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.…

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…

The case against a second Scottish referendum

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Aid is not the answer Bill Gates says he is a huge fan of capitalism and trade (Save Aid!, 22…

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…