Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.

What Ryszard Kapuscinski airbrushed out of his bestselling book

22 October 2015 2:00 pm

I once found myself on a lonely road in southern Ethiopia with the famous Polish author Ryszard Kapuscinski. We were…

I know what the Piers Gaveston Society really did with pig’s heads

26 September 2015 8:00 am

I attended the Piers Gaveston Society in the mid-1980s, when I was at Oxford in the year above David Cameron.…

I was petrified of the power of the Great Monition, the most terrifying curse of them all

26 September 2015 8:00 am

   Laikipia A lion has just mauled and partially eaten a warrior who tried to throw a spear in my…

Wild life

24 September 2015 1:00 pm

   Laikipia A lion has just mauled and partially eaten a warrior who tried to throw a spear in my…

Africa is no longer the land of elephants

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Laikipia An elephant can break through an electric fence by pulling out the posts, pushing younger, more stupid animals into…

Man’s greed and gain

27 August 2015 1:00 pm

Laikipia An elephant can break through an electric fence by pulling out the posts, pushing younger, more stupid animals into…

Why I dream of the Great Wall of China

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Laikipia A quarter of a century ago I met two young South African men who had ridden their ponies 1,700…

Wild life

16 July 2015 1:00 pm

Laikipia A quarter of a century ago I met two young South African men who had ridden their ponies 1,700…

The Shrewsbury School Hunt very nearly killed me

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   Out cross-country running on the farm in Kenya recently, I came face-to-face with a gang of bull…

Wild life

18 June 2015 1:00 pm

Laikipia, Kenya   Out cross-country running on the farm in Kenya recently, I came face-to-face with a gang of bull…

The Kenya Fly Fishers’ club makes the Bullingdon look rather left-wing

23 May 2015 9:00 am

   Nairobi Trout were first introduced into Kenya’s highland streams in 1905. Men like Ewart Grogan, ‘baddest and boldest of…

Wild life

21 May 2015 1:00 pm

   Nairobi Trout were first introduced into Kenya’s highland streams in 1905. Men like Ewart Grogan, ‘baddest and boldest of…

I am grateful to my surgeon for saving one of my limbs when a mob of Samburu tribesmen attacked me

25 April 2015 9:00 am

 Laikipia When I was a boy in Devon we had an orchard. On a string of autumns, as the fruit…

Wild life

23 April 2015 1:00 pm

 Laikipia When I was a boy in Devon we had an orchard. On a string of autumns, as the fruit…

The warrior arched his body, readying to sling his spear at my chest

28 March 2015 9:00 am

 Laikipia With a shriek, the warrior arched his body, readying to sling his spear at my chest. The tear-dropped javelin…

Wild life

26 March 2015 3:00 pm

 Laikipia With a shriek, the warrior arched his body, readying to sling his spear at my chest. The tear-dropped javelin…

Hope springs eternal: a 1954 Morris Minor at a Catholic mission station in Moipo, South Sudan

Having oozed optimism for a decade, I am a bit down about the Hopeful Continent

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Juba I discovered a 1954 Morris Minor parked outside the Catholic mission station in Mopoi, South Sudan. The car had…

Hope springs eternal: a 1954 Morris Minor at a Catholic mission station in Moipo, South Sudan

Wild life

12 February 2015 3:00 pm

Juba I discovered a 1954 Morris Minor parked outside the Catholic mission station in Mopoi, South Sudan. The car had…

I want to do for field rations what Jamie Oliver did for school dinners

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Hell’s Kitchen My ambition to open a fish and chip shop in Mogadishu has not happened yet, though I remain…

Wild life

15 January 2015 3:00 pm

Hell’s Kitchen My ambition to open a fish and chip shop in Mogadishu has not happened yet, though I remain…

The parks are empty and the landscapes are yours

If you want a real safari, head to Botswana

3 January 2015 9:00 am

As a boy camping with my father on safaris deep in the African bush, there were no tents involved; we…

I cannot imagine living in a world without lions

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Laikipia We are privileged to live with lions on the farm. We hear them most nights. We encounter them frequently.…

Wild life

11 December 2014 3:00 pm

Laikipia We are privileged to live with lions on the farm. We hear them most nights. We encounter them frequently.…

There are echoes of Turkey and Armenia in the revisionist view of the Rwandan genocide

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Kenya It’s a long time since I thought of Thaddee, our Kigali stringer when I was covering Rwanda for Reuters.…

Wild life

20 November 2014 3:00 pm

Kenya It’s a long time since I thought of Thaddee, our Kigali stringer when I was covering Rwanda for Reuters.…