Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.

The James Herriot of Africa

10 December 2015 3:00 pm

Great Rift Valley The mare hangs her head; her neck is swollen, her eyes bloody red, crammed by flies. She…

The Kenyan night is like a busy shipping lane, but silent

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Night falls like a fire curtain at seven and I go to bed not long afterwards, serenaded by bullfrogs after…

The Kenyan night is like a busy shipping lane, but silent

19 November 2015 3:00 pm

Night falls like a fire curtain at seven and I go to bed not long afterwards, serenaded by bullfrogs after…

What Ryszard Kapuscinski airbrushed out of his bestselling book

24 October 2015 9:00 am

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

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

Memories of partying with the notorious Piers Gaveston Society at Oxford

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…