Wild life

Africa’s empty vastness has vanished under the concrete of the present day

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Kenya   When I was a child in Kenya, the road from the Indian Ocean up to Nairobi was still…

Our farm is a haven for lost souls

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia He was turned out in a crisp bush ranger’s uniform and handled his assault rifle like a man hardened…

With tourists absent, the teeming marine life has returned to the sea off Malindi

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Malindi, Kenya Beneath the Indian Ocean’s surface, I wondered if the pandemic had turned out to be a good thing…

Is today the day I become a Kenyan citizen?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

  Nairobi Since my father first caught sight of Mombasa from his ship in late 1929, at least some of my…

How WhatsApp mums saved Kenya’s castaway children

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Kenya In March, Global Britain signed a new, post-Brexit trade deal with Kenya. This was a welcome agreement for my…

Thirty years ago, I saw the rebels take Addis Ababa

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Kenya The evening before the assault on Addis Ababa, my guide Girmay and I ventured into a complex stuffed with…

Did I catch Covid from a naked-rumped tomb bat?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia Until I promised to slaughter a fat-tailed sheep with a goat thrown in for a feast, the farm cowhands…

Why I’m investing in sheep

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia In the past I had a low opinion of sheep. During my first forays into farming I saw them…

The healing power of sweat

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia In one of Kenya farmer Karen Blixen’s short stories, a character says: ‘I know of a cure for everything:…

The art of mourning well

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Malindi, Kenya I’ve learned that mourning must be tackled ever so gently. As a younger man, when friends were killed…

Eccentric, artist and storyteller: in memory of my mother Doreen Sanders

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Indian Ocean coast ‘I love you’ became just ‘love’, and that was the last word Mum was able to say…

The many good things to come out of lockdown

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Laikipia I was drinking in the fresh air on the high earth wall of my farm dam last week, when…

The perils of being a Kenyan farmer’s wife

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Laikipia As the train pulled into Victoria my wife Claire, back home on the farm in Kenya, revealed that a…

Back to Exmoor, scene of prep-school rides on rough ponies

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Exmoor I am heading to Exmoor for the first time since I was last there in 1977 — and as…

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…

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…

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…