Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.

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…

I cannot imagine living in a world without lions

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Laikipia We are privileged to live with lions on the farm. We hear them most nights. We encounter them frequently.…

Wild life

11 December 2014 3:00 pm

Laikipia We are privileged to live with lions on the farm. We hear them most nights. We encounter them frequently.…

There are echoes of Turkey and Armenia in the revisionist view of the Rwandan genocide

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Kenya It’s a long time since I thought of Thaddee, our Kigali stringer when I was covering Rwanda for Reuters.…

Wild life

20 November 2014 3:00 pm

Kenya It’s a long time since I thought of Thaddee, our Kigali stringer when I was covering Rwanda for Reuters.…

What happened when I tried to buy back my father's farm

25 October 2014 9:00 am

 Kenya I perused the brochure produced by Tanzania’s state corporation for livestock ranching, aimed at attracting foreign investors. Under ‘beef…

Wild life

23 October 2014 2:00 pm

 Kenya I perused the brochure produced by Tanzania’s state corporation for livestock ranching, aimed at attracting foreign investors. Under ‘beef…

From Burma — or maybe Saigon — to Manchester via Calcutta

27 September 2014 8:00 am

England   We dropped off our daughter Eve at her new school in the Midlands and started the long journey…

Wild life

25 September 2014 1:00 pm

England   We dropped off our daughter Eve at her new school in the Midlands and started the long journey…

The forgotten flank of the forgotten corps of the Forgotten Army

6 September 2014 9:00 am

The British who fought in Burma became known as the ‘Forgotten Army’ because this was a neglected theatre of the…

It's time for Kenya to put aside dreams of singing wells and dancing bulls

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Laikipia   ‘Good morning, sir!’ The warrior strides up to me on the high plains and shakes my hand. ‘May…

Wild life

28 August 2014 1:00 pm

Laikipia   ‘Good morning, sir!’ The warrior strides up to me on the high plains and shakes my hand. ‘May…

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

Twenty years ago, I was a witness to the Rwandan genocide. Those who speak of lessons from it are deluded

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…