Kenya

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

If you looked only at our farm, and avoided reading the news, you might find it absurd to hear there are only 7,000 cheetah in the world

How I rewilded the African bush

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia   My two Jersey bulls Halcyon and Hosanna were grazing happily on the lawn in front of the house…

A cow is better than a bank balance

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   A minotaur head glowers at me through the bathroom window while I am brushing my teeth in…

The joys of early rising

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia I wake at 4 a.m. these days. At that time you might hear a lion or a braying zebra,…

Farming is a hard life no matter where you do it

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya Erupe is a Kenyan farmer. He owns a smallholding of a few acres not far from my own…

All was calm at the elephant safari camp. Then the river began to roar…

31 March 2018 9:00 am

When Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, ejected from the aeroplane he was flying solo to Scotland, he parachuted to the ground…

To those with a taste for desolation, Lake Turkana may be the most beautiful place on Earth

17 March 2018 9:00 am

As I write, a great gale is blowing in from Lake Turkana. The dry hills on the other side, always…

The wisdom of toads, termites and wait-a-bit thorns

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia Off Madagascar the other day the Indian Ocean gave birth to a little storm called 11S. As its gyre…

Cold Comfort Farm comes to Kenya

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia I woke with the breath of a leopard a few feet from me as I lay in my bed.…

How to bee-proof yourself

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Kenya  First comes a distant hum, rising in volume until I hear it coming straight at me like Niki Lauda…

Aidan Hartley: A plague of ravenous zebras

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   The zebra lacks a rumen and eats at least twice as much as a cow. On our…

Rumours of sexual misconduct swirl around Westminster

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Home A great ferment of accusations of sexual impropriety was made against people in Parliament and out of it. Bex…

Why Kenya matters

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia   Flying home across Laikipia’s ranchlands with Martin after a farmers’ meeting, I see the plateau dotted with cattle…

Wild life

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia Ripping up the black cotton soil on the farm’s high savannah I get a sense of what it must…

‘Kill! Kill!’ yelled the mob

2 September 2017 9:00 am

 Laikipia, Kenya Following Kenya’s recently concluded elections, I took a walk on my Laikipia farm and lit up a cigar,…

Wild life

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Indian Ocean coast Like most men I wonder if I have been much good as a father, but one thing…

Diary

19 August 2017 9:00 am

To the Business School at the University of Edinburgh to be interviewed on the theme of ‘Great Political Disasters’. Main…

What do we gain by burning ivory?

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Burning stockpiles of ivory was meant to wipe out poaching. After nearly 30 years, is it working?