Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.

Climbing Mount Kenya with my 13-year-old daughter

19 July 2014 9:00 am

 Kenya Highlands I’ve just descended Mount Kenya with Eve, my 13-year-old daughter, and her class of school leavers from Pembroke…

Wild life

17 July 2014 1:00 pm

 Kenya Highlands I’ve just descended Mount Kenya with Eve, my 13-year-old daughter, and her class of school leavers from Pembroke…

Please take your holiday in Kenya this year

21 June 2014 9:00 am

 Rift Valley Many of my British tribe fled Kenya around independence in 1963 because they believed there was no future.…

Wild life

19 June 2014 1:00 pm

 Rift Valley Many of my British tribe fled Kenya around independence in 1963 because they believed there was no future.…

The books that have kept me alive

24 May 2014 9:00 am

In bed Safety measures — I’ve never been good at them, so inevitably I inhaled and got soaked by the…

Wild life

22 May 2014 1:00 pm

In bed Safety measures — I’ve never been good at them, so inevitably I inhaled and got soaked by the…

Hunted in Mogadishu by the Sick Man and the Jilbab

26 April 2014 9:00 am

From a way off, as he entered the café, he looked young and handsome but when he sat down there…

Wild life

24 April 2014 1:00 pm

From a way off, as he entered the café, he looked young and handsome but when he sat down there…

Before you talk about 'Lessons from Rwanda', read this

5 April 2014 9:00 am

In Rwanda I was an ant walking over the rough hide of an elephant — this time 20 years ago…

A £50 million search for love

29 March 2014 9:00 am

 Laikipia When I first knew Michael Cunningham-Reid he was such a strict teetotaller that he would not eat trifle for…

Wild life

27 March 2014 3:00 pm

 Laikipia When I first knew Michael Cunningham-Reid he was such a strict teetotaller that he would not eat trifle for…

Jubilant greetings to you, Celestino! How is the atmospheric pressure in your corner? 

15 February 2014 9:00 am

 Laikipia ‘I am old and cannot work again,’ said Celestino. ‘But you are 46 and we have many years to…

Wild life

13 February 2014 3:00 pm

 Laikipia ‘I am old and cannot work again,’ said Celestino. ‘But you are 46 and we have many years to…

I don't love money, but I love the risks it makes me take

18 January 2014 9:00 am

On the flight into Kinshasa, I sat next to an elderly Englishman who was pallid with fear. He revealed that…

Wild life

16 January 2014 3:00 pm

On the flight into Kinshasa, I sat next to an elderly Englishman who was pallid with fear. He revealed that…

Aidan Hartley: If Santa Claus tried to make a delivery, he’d be shot before he reached the chimney

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Laikipia In the cattle rustlers’ camp, I know as I write this that the warriors are sharpening their blades, staring…

Wild Life

12 December 2013 3:00 pm

Laikipia In the cattle rustlers’ camp, I know as I write this that the warriors are sharpening their blades, staring…

Aidan Hartley: Kenya is special like no other African nation

16 November 2013 9:00 am

As I write this, my hands are seared and bruised from holding a hot iron after branding our cattle. We…

Wild life

14 November 2013 3:00 pm

As I write this, my hands are seared and bruised from holding a hot iron after branding our cattle. We…

The only people thriving in post-revolution Egypt — tomb raiders

9 November 2013 9:00 am

 Cairo Hook nose, blue chin, Arab headdress: the tomb robber resembled a villain from a Tintin comic. His friend was…

Aidan Hartley: How Muslim militants and Western jihadis wrecked enchanting Somalia

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Wizards inland from the little Somali port of Barawe bewitched a person to come to them by banging a nail…

Wild life

17 October 2013 2:00 pm

Wizards inland from the little Somali port of Barawe bewitched a person to come to them by banging a nail…

How we survived terror at Nairobi's Westgate mall

28 September 2013 9:00 am

 Nairobi Kenya is one of those places where everybody knows everybody — and each one of us seems to have…

Al-Qa'eda targeted Kenya not because it's a banana republic, but because it's a symbol of African success

28 September 2013 9:00 am

If Al-Shabaab was behind the terrorist attack in Nairobi, then the group has come a long way since its foundation…

Aidan Hartley: I have been shot at and bombed so why do I fear a pyramid?

21 September 2013 9:00 am

It was towards dusk by the time we had given the tourist police the slip and started climbing the pyramid…