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And the CHP-CHJA Series Circuit winner is….

We know that you have been waiting to hear who won the hot and heavy competition for the CHP-CHJA Series Circuit Trainer Award – a once in a life time African safari with Real Life Adventure Travel.

The competition was tough.  Neck in neck until the very last show between Mary Sayre and Rebecca Johnson. Both barns were on the hunt, taking no prisoners in this most sought after award.

In the end at the very last show, Rebecca pulled it out for the win! Congratulations Rebecca Johnson and to your riders on a great circuit.

Rebecca Johnson CHP-CHJA 2013 Series Circuit Trainer Award

Rebecca Johnson CHP-CHJA 2013 Series Circuit Trainer Award


All of us here at Real Life Adventure Travel look forward to taking you on your adventure of a lifetime!

CHP-CHJA Series Circuit Results:

High Point Trainer
Rebecca Johnson

High Point Equitation Rider        
CHAMPION    Isabella H. Smith
Reserve          Jessica R. Morris
third   Rachel E. Benson
fourth Jamie N. Morris
fifth     Nicole L. Morris
sixth    Cindy L. Bonick

High Point Hunter Horse 
Reserve          Sirius Black
third   Summer Solstice
fourth             Dragonheart
fifth     Crown N Scepter
sixth    Archurro

High Point Hunter Rider  
CHAMPION    Devon N. Hussey
Reserve          Paige E. Nealy
third   Dan P. Schiefen
fourth Cindy L. Bonick
fifth     Jessica R. Morris
sixth    Janelle V. Henningsen

High Point Jumper Horse 
CHAMPION    Fur Elise
Reserve          Strawberry Shortcake
third   Daddy’s Dollars
fourth Professor Peabody
fifth     Just My Luck
sixth    Lost In Translation

High Point Jumper Rider  
CHAMPION    Danielle M. Guest
Reserve          Devon N. Hussey
third   Kate B. Favaro
fourth Kevin E. Apicella
fifth     Mandy M. Reisman
sixth    Jamie N. Morris

Sauti za Busara – Romantic Zanzibar’s Music Festival

The Zanzibar Music Festival – Sauti za Busara, which means Sounds of Wisdom, takes place annually in February.  The festival is held in Stone Town on the romantic island of Zanzibar.  Sauti za Busara is a showcase for the best and most exciting African music.  It features a dynamic variety of African music with more than four hundred musicians participating over five days. Every year during February the ancient walls of the Old Fort resonate as people come together in celebration. The festival is supplemented with fringe events in town and across the island including a carnival street parade.

Sauti za Busara is widely known as ‘the friendliest festival on the planet’.   In its ninth year, the festival is known for championing Swahili music and for being an event that unites music lovers from Zanzibar and all around the world.   Zanzibar’s African-inspired music festival has announced the acts that will feature in its 8-12 February extravaganza next year, with an emphasis on East African sounds, but also flavors from the rest of Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Zanzibar Music Festival

Sauti za Busara - The friendliest festival on the planet

2012 Festival Line up [Read More]

Uhuru Peak…what’s in the name?

Uhuru Peak (5895m), Mt. Kilimanjaro’s official summit, received its name in 1961, the year of Tanzania’s independence from the United Kingdom. Appropriately, uhuru translates as ‘freedom’ in Swahili. The former name – Kaiser-Wilhelm-Spitze – was given to the peak in 1889 by Hans Meyer, the first European to reach the summit, in honor of the then recently deceased Prussian leader, Wilhelm I (1797-1888).

The summit, the highest point on the entire African continent, remains the ultimate goal for many a buck list!

Mt. Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa.

Mt. Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa.


Cultural Tours in Tanzania and Zanzibar

Tanzania is home to some of the most impressive concentrations and diversity of wildlife left on the planet, yet many travelers fall in love with Tanzania while on safari through relationships developed with the local communities. Tanzania’s people are warm, proud and rich in heritage.

The cultural diversity of Tanzania and Zanzibar is as diverse as the land itself with more than 120 different tribes many of them living in their ancient ways resisting the outside influences of the modern world.  Imagine the opportunity to immerse yourself in lives of some of Tanzania’s most ancient nomadic tribes by walking along the same paths and meeting the Maasai in their daily lives on a Maasai Donkey trek through Maasailand or the opportunity to hunt with the Hadzabe Bushmen, the worlds last click-language speaking hunters and gatherers.

If you prefer something less adventurous visit a local conservation project, Children’s home, coffee cooperative, sewing school or water project to get a feel for what it is like for the local people.  Spend time wandering through local markets throughout the country as each has it own flavor and rhythm created by the people who come to sell or trade their wares.  Stonetown in Zanzibar is home to one of the largest outdoor markets in the world.  Once known for its slave trade is now best known for its unique architecture, spice trade and World Music Festival held every year in February.

There are many ways to get off the beaten path and experience the true culture of Tanzania and Zanzibar.  These experiences can be built into existing safari itineraries or entire trips can be created to explore the cultures and colors of Tanzania and Zanzibar. The trips can range from day trips to multi-day trips.

What do you need to participate?  Curiosity and an adventurous spirit.

We invite you to come explore the wonderful and diverse world of Tanzania and Zanzibar!

Anatomy of a Tented Camp – A True African Safari Experience

This month kicks off the annual peak season for safaris in Tanzania, East Africa.  In response, we’re excited to discuss the “anatomy of a tented camp”.  While the idea of sleeping in a tent in Africa still sometimes conjures up a sense of mystery and uncertainty, the truth is, there’s no better way to experience the true wild nature of this magnificent country.

A truly authentic safari experience involves spending the night under the simple cover of canvas, surrounded by the natural sounds of the African night.  No other encounter allows you to feel so completely connected with the breathtaking nature around you.  What’s more, our tented safaris also offer exceptionally comfortable accommodations, so you won’t sacrifice a thing.

There are several key elements involved in tent camping in Africa.  The first part, of course, is the tent, which is typically around 8 x 10 or larger in size.  Some tents include such amenities as writing desks, armoires, suitcase racks and, of course, all include beds.   The best part about the tents is the décor, which presents an authentic African feel, from local crafts to handmade carpets and pillowcases.  The next part of our tenting experience is the bathrooms, which are attached at the back of the tent and include a wash basin, toilet and shower.

The beds are typically king-sized and delightfully plush.  These comfortable sleeping quarters are certainly a welcome sight at the end of a long day on safari.  During the cooler months, hot water bottles are slipped between the sheets before you retire for the night to keep you warm.  Next are the lovely shaded verandas, from which you can lounge in the safari chairs as you sip your morning coffee, or as you review your photographs from the day and relax while enjoying a local Kilimanjaro-brand beer.

Finally, and perhaps the most important, defining element of the tented camp is the amazing staff, which is always on hand to draw your hot shower, wash your clothes, make up your bed for the evening and bring your hot coffee as the sun rises in the morning.

If this doesn’t sound like an exciting, unique and authentic African safari experience, we don’t know what does.  Still on the fence?  Why not take a look through our portfolio which features fantastic images of tented camps, real traveler tented camp experiences and more.  See for yourself just how incredible tent camping in Africa can truly be and contact us for more information on how to book your own amazing journey!

Fast Facts on the Datoga Tribe

Residing along the banks of the Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, the Datoga tribe are a relatively peaceful people particularly skilled at farming.  These indigenous people are believed to have inhabited the area for over 3,000 years, although their history is difficult to accurately trace.  Similar to other local tribes, particular the Maasai, they value livestock highly and use it for their livelihood.  Datoga people are traditionally nomadic, often moving throughout the extensive region, herding their cattle and putting their ancient agricultural skills to use wherever they happen to settle.  Here are a few interesting facts about the Datoga tribe.


  • Although they are somewhat leery of outsiders, once the Datoga people feel they can trust you, they are friendly, welcoming and open to sharing their culture and traditions.


  • They use just about every part of an animal – milk, meat, blood, fat, hide, horns, tendons and even the dung for either practical purposes or to perform important rituals. [Read More]

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