Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.


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…

The greater the risk, the greater the reward

I don't love money, but I love the risks it makes me take

18 January 2014 9:00 am

On the flight into Kinshasa, I sat next to an elderly Englishman who was pallid with fear. He revealed that…

Cattle Rustlers

Aidan Hartley: If Santa Claus tried to make a delivery, he’d be shot before he reached the chimney

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Laikipia In the cattle rustlers’ camp, I know as I write this that the warriors are sharpening their blades, staring…


Aidan Hartley: Kenya is special like no other African nation

16 November 2013 9:00 am

As I write this, my hands are seared and bruised from holding a hot iron after branding our cattle. We…

The Sphinx and the Pyramid of Menkaure

The only people thriving in post-revolution Egypt — tomb raiders

9 November 2013 9:00 am

In Egypt’s turmoil, many ancient sites are being looted


Aidan Hartley: How Muslim militants and Western jihadis wrecked enchanting Somalia

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Wizards inland from the little Somali port of Barawe bewitched a person to come to them by banging a nail…


How we survived terror at Nairobi's Westgate mall

28 September 2013 9:00 am

What it was like at the Westgate mall, from two of those who survived

Somali women carry weapons during a demo

Al-Qa'eda targeted Kenya not because it's a banana republic, but because it's a symbol of African success

28 September 2013 9:00 am

If Al-Shabaab was behind the terrorist attack in Nairobi, then the group has come a long way since its foundation…


Aidan Hartley: I have been shot at and bombed so why do I fear a pyramid?

21 September 2013 9:00 am

It was towards dusk by the time we had given the tourist police the slip and started climbing the pyramid…


Killing in Kenya: Aidan Hartley tracks the last steps of an elephant

24 August 2013 9:00 am

  Laikipia The bull elephant had roamed our northern marches of the Laikipia plateau for decades. I always recognised him…

The Ghosts of Happy Valley, by Juliet Barnes - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Rift Valley, Kenya The other day when I told the headmaster of a top British public school that I came…

A Somali shepherd in Kenya

A binge on alcohol and meat, plus hired sex and lodging — all for £1.50

27 July 2013 9:00 am

 Kenya Home is beyond the perimeter of modern Kenya and way off the grid. When the ancient generator goes off…

Wild life: Could I ever revive the Pinguaan Springs?

15 June 2013 9:00 am

Il Pinguaan Springs When I first saw the Pinguaan Springs they were small, fetid bogs set about with papyrus, the…

Kruger National Park

Wild life: Leopard on a hot tin roof

18 May 2013 9:00 am

A leopard has been on the rampage night after night. We know her because she often lurks in the woods…

Kenny Kunene's Birthday Party

Life among South Africa’s nouveaux riches

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Life among South Africa’s nouveaux riches

Wild life

20 April 2013 9:00 am

Colobus monkeys in the forest were throat singing like Tibetan monks. Mist rose from the Kericho tea gardens above us…

Wild life

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Rift Valley ‘We’re on the frontline,’ I said. ‘And however many guns we had, it wouldn’t be enough against the…

Kenyan elections, 2007

Kenya election: bullets and the economic boom

16 March 2013 9:00 am

It’s a time of hope for machine-gun-toting criminals — and, ultimately, for me

Wild life

23 February 2013 9:00 am

Rift Valley I am training for a half-marathon on the slopes of Mount Kenya in June and I must prepare…

The original Mad Mullah: Mohammed Abdullah Hassan of Somalia

What Africa needs now

26 January 2013 9:00 am

Don’t intervene, invest

Will I survive my mid-life marathon?

26 January 2013 9:00 am

Rift Valley ‘I’ve got a brilliant idea,’ said Jools on the phone, his voice characteristically rising like a commentator on…

Wild life

15 December 2012 9:00 am

Gilgil, Kenya Pembroke House, our children’s school, is a little slice of England set in Kenya’s Rift Valley. In the…

Years of living dangerously

8 December 2012 9:00 am

The son of a fish-paste factory manager in London’s East End, Alan Root fell in love with ornithology as a…

Somalia New Restaurants

Cooking for freedom

24 November 2012 9:00 am

A London chef has returned to Mogadishu to make a stand against al-Qa’eda

Wild life

17 November 2012 9:00 am

Northern Kenya If I go out in darkness I dread neither the leopard nor the lion but I recoil from…