Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.

Wild life

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

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

Wild life

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…

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12 January 2017 3:00 pm

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

Wild life

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…

Wild life

8 December 2016 3:00 pm

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

Wild life

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…

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17 November 2016 3:00 pm

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

Wild life

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…

Wild life

20 October 2016 2:00 pm

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

Wild life

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 beef…

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22 September 2016 1:00 pm

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

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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…

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25 August 2016 1:00 pm

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

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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…

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14 July 2016 1:00 pm

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

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18 June 2016 8:00 am

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

Wild life

16 June 2016 1:00 pm

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…

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19 May 2016 1:00 pm

   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…

Wild life

21 April 2016 1:00 pm

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

South Africa’s Heart of Darkness

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Trencherman was first published in Afrikaans in 2006 and translated into English for a South African readership shortly afterwards, but…

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…

Wild life

23 March 2016 3:00 pm

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…