Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.

Could this election be a turning point for Kenya?

16 August 2022 7:52 pm

In Kenya’s latest general elections, ‘The Hustler’ William Ruto has been declared our new President after a narrow victory against…

There are almost no animals left – but we’ve been here before

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Laikipia You know things are bad when the zebras are thin. Even during most droughts, zebras are like matrons at…

What’s behind Africa’s love affair with country music?

23 July 2022 9:00 am

What’s behind Africa’s love affair with country music?

The long and the short of it in Africa

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Kenya As late as the 1920s, it was believed that Africa’s tropical sun would boil a European’s brains. ‘The direct…

The real reason Africa can’t feed itself

11 June 2022 9:00 am

The real reason Africa can’t feed itself

When flying was fun

4 June 2022 9:00 am

On the BOAC VC10 flights to Nairobi, the pilots would invite children like me up to sit in the cockpit…

Why Kent is being bulldozed by buffalo

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Buffalo are now living in the fens of Kent. Why – have we slipped into the metaverse of Lewis Carroll?…

The sin of neutrality

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Yet again, millions of civilians across the Horn of Africa are starving. The world blames the crisis on drought and…

Why so many African leaders support Putin

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Why so many African leaders support Putin

Hell is an English train journey

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Delayed, on Southern Rail Home From the Hill is a 1987 documentary by Molly Dineen about Hilary Hook, an elderly…

Africa’s lessons for Ukraine

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Kenya During Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008 I got a close look at Moscow’s troops and their kit. These…

After Covid, Kenya’s flower industry is gearing up for its next challenge

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Kenya’s flower growers have a busy time ahead

Why a church in Jerusalem is the model for all family-owned holiday homes

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Malindi, the Indian Ocean When I lived in Jerusalem a long time ago, I often visited the Church of the…

My ocean voyage from hell

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Kenya Wondering what this year will bring, at dawn this morning I stood in the waves in front of our…

A long-forgotten tale of sorcery and a severed head

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia Plateau, Kenya Our local chief Panta wore a government-issue khaki uniform with epaulettes, beret and swagger stick. On a…

When it comes to Africa, the media look away

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Kenya Each time I sit in St Bride’s on Fleet Street during the memorial of another friend, I look around…

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:…