Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.

My Aunt Beryl’s zinc-lined trunk revealed extraordinary family secrets

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Bexhill-on-Sea My Aunt Beryl taught me to love books and paintings. When I’m at a loose end in London, lonely,…

What a relief it is to be back among level-headed Kenyans

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Kenya I stood under huge skies in the open country of our farm in northern Kenya and, after months of…

Solidarity in Soho: running a coronavirus testing centre

1 August 2020 9:00 am

London   Simon, proprietor of the sex shop opposite our Covid-19 testing centre in Soho, insisted on popping a pack…

How two children vanished for a week en route from Africa to London

4 July 2020 9:00 am

As we all know by now, the pandemic distorts time like a concertina. Life before March is a world that…

The intense pleasures of lockdown

6 June 2020 9:00 am

I used to live in Mogadishu for months at a time, cooped up in compounds behind fortified walls. Venturing on…

Another plague is enveloping the world – locusts

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Another plague is stalking Africa

Why we’ll all be fleeing to Nigeria

9 May 2020 9:00 am

I keep thinking what I’ll do when we regain our liberty — and I picture that beer at the end…

Virus deaths may not be the greatest challenge ahead for Africa

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Virus deaths may not be the greatest challenge ahead

Our exile in NW1

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Laikipia The sweetest sound to me now is the dawn chorus of birdsong at home on the farm. I lay…

Africa’s invisible epidemics

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Africa   ‘Ah, Africa,’ the French scientist sighed contentedly. This was 1995 and all around us was an Ebola epidemic…

What our 500kg house bull taught us about the value of life

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Death and failure are more integral to farming than any other experience that I’ve witnessed in my life. Some things…

My narrow escape from a burning aircraft

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Addis Ababa airport   This morning I caught a connecting flight via Addis Ababa’s Bole airport. For me this place…

Will Boris Johnson stand up for the white farmers in Zimbabwe?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia   After a year of peace and plentiful rain, my farm in Kenya is fantastic. Peace, rain — leave…

Tiny Rowland, 1991 [Business Collection/Shutterstock]

The man with the inside story on Tiny Rowland

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Kenya   At his house on Kenya’s coast our neighbour Paul Spicer kept a photograph of himself as quite a…

Britain is following in the footsteps of Africa’s former failed states

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Kenya   ‘In the past months the people of Uganda have been following with sorrow the alarming economic crisis befalling…

The astonishing resilience of my beach paradise

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Malindi   I could measure my whole life in the summers I’ve spent on the beach in front of our…

A warrior from the Samburu tribe following his rite of passage

My boy Rider’s circumcision ceremony brings back memories of my childhood in Samburu

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia   All across the north the ritual bulls have already been slaughtered. I am waiting for the invitation from…

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…

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…

My time in Somalia with Michael Meacher, Tony Benn’s ‘vicar on earth’

6 April 2019 9:00 am

East Africa   The late Michael Meacher represented almost everything I loathe in a politician. Before his death in 2015,…

Credit: Freder

For now, here in Laikipia we have the only population of black panthers in the world

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia   A female black panther was recently photographed at our neighbours’ place. Exactly like Kipling’s Bagheera, she was ‘inky…

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…


Why former prisoners make the best lawyers

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Kampala   I am terrified of being with former death-row prisoner Susan Kigula. This is because she qualified for her…

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 that had taken me 14 years to write. I rose from…