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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

Visit With Lynne Leakey

We had the wonderful opportunity and honor to meet and speak with Lynne Leakey last night at the Northern California APTA meeting.  She discussed what a change she has seen over the years in the safari industry, from hunting safaris to photographic safaris to now philanthropic safaris that are making a difference in the world.

She also touched on the immediate and dire need to put an end to rhino and elephant poaching.  We are loosing so many of these majestic and precious animals at an alarming rate that if the if the slaughter continues as it has in 2012 and the short few months of 2013 that these animals will be gone in less than 20 years.

Something must be done or we will loose 2 of the big five that draw people to our continent and countries.  We can’t image not seeing the iconic picture of large herds of elephant against the backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Iconic Elephants and Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background

The good news is that our people are starting to fight back and protect our heritage and national treasures. Here are just a few examples of things that are being done:

  • Kenya Airways is partnering with Born Free to put information packets on their flights to benefit Kenya Wildlife Services
  • Several marches and demonstrations have taken place.  In the Maasai Mara, some 300 strong marched and the Maasai have been engaged to help in the battle against poaching
  • “Elephant Man” Jim Nyamu walked 500 km from Mombasa to Nairobi.  His journey ended at the UNEP Headquarters where he received honors.

It is important for all of us to get involved to help protect our national heritage and treasures.  Here are just a few ways to help and to become more educated:

Elephant Neighbors Center

International Fund for Animal Welfare

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

A Voice for Elephants – National Geographic

Amboseli Trust for Elephants

Big Life Foundation

Save the Elephants

Elephant Voices

Born Free

Time Running Out to Save Elephants from Ivory Trade – Ian Douglas Hamilton


Kenya Wildlife Service

Announcing the NEW Mara-Chyulu Hills Ride

Experience the best of both worlds: Game-rich Masai Mara and the unmatched, stunning landscapes of Chyulu Hills-Kilimanjaro. This new 10-night horseback safari with luxury mobile tented camping delivers the very best riding that Kenya has to offer!

Spend 5 nights in the Mara and 5 nights in Chyulu Hills exploring these magnificent areas home to zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle, elephant, buffalo and big cats just to name a few of the animals you might encounter!

Best of Kenya - New Mara-Chyulu Hills Riding Safari

Inaugural departure is 1-10 June 2013, with private departures also available. Contact us now to book this fabulous new trip


New this April…private luxury mobile camps!

We are now offering private luxury mobile camps to our clients in Tanzania. The new mobile camps will be offered in Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Lake Eyasi, Lake Natron, Ngornogoro Conservation Area, the Serengeti or anywhere our clients wish to explore that we can go with a 4×4. These private, exclusive mobile camps offer a vintage Hemingway safari experience. The camps are perfect for a couple looking for a romantic bush experience, a family wishing to share one of life’s greatest experiences together, corporate groups or groups of friends just wanting to have their own special space.

The private camps feature large sleeping tents with ensuite shower and toilet. Each tent has a double bed or two twin beds, tables and lamps, and enough power for lighting, charging phones, cameras or laptops. You can also request specially designed Stargazer tents that have windows in the roof of the tent so that your clients can see the stars at night. Each camp will have a Mess tent for comfortable dining as well as relaxing in camp when not out exploring or on game drives. We will have full camp staff, gourmet meals and a well stocked bar included. The daily menus and bar can also be customized to meet the needs of each individual group. We are so excited to be offering this authentic safari experience to our clients.

What,When and Where is the Great Migration?

We are often asked about the Great Migration…here is the What, When and Where of one of natures greatest spectacles in the world.

What: The annual wildebeest migration in East Africa, also known as “The Great Migration” takes place between Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara. It is known as one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet.  Over two million herbivores partake in this journey, with about hundreds of thousand zebra and Thomson’s gazelle behind the main players… 1.5 million wildebeest!  
The massive herds are closely followed by predators like lion, hyena, and cheetah, making the most of every opportunity for the next meal. The timing of the migration is determined by the availability of grazing which is dependent on the rains. The wildebeest take advantage of the strongly seasonal conditions, spending the wet season on the plains in the south-east, and the dry season in the woodlands of the north-west. It is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event.  The Migration is rarely ever the same in terms of precise timing and direction, as local conditions influence grass growth. This means that the wildebeest may move off the open plains earlier in some years and remain in the northern woodlands for longer in others.

When and Where: [Read More]

Tanzanian Riding Safari…encounters of a lifetime!

September 15, 2011 by  


Riding safari at Manyara Ranch Conservancy in Tanzania

A Safari in Tanzania is about exploring the world renowned wildlife, landscape and rich cultures of the numerous tribes that inhabit the country.  It’s the breath taking herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles for as far as the eye can see, the graceful giraffes and mighty elephant herds.  It’s the elusive leopard, the sleek and swift cheetah and the magnificent lion.  The colorful and fierce Maasai or the quiet Hadzabe bushmen still living as they have throughout their long history.  All in the shadow of the majestic snow capped Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Now imagine doing your safari on horseback…galloping in the middle of herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle.  Close enough to hear their snorts and thundering hooves.  Or extremely close encounters with elephants, lions or other big game because the animals are not as afraid of a horse as they are a safari vehicle.

Tanzanian horseback riding safaris offer adventurers the opportunity to explore in a more intimate way getting closer to the wildlife and interacting with the people of Tanzania in a more basic, down to nature way.

Exploring Singita Grumeti on horseback

The trips can range from day rides returning to camp each evening to multi-day trips camping out in the bush or riding from tented camp to tented camp.  Riders can explore parts of the Serengeti, the lesser known West Kilimanjaro area which is part of the Amboseli / Ngasurai Basin eco-system and offers spectacular landscapes with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Ol Doinyo Longido and Ol Doinyo Orok, or other migratory areas that are home to some of the best wildlife conservations in the country.  Trips can also be designed so that non-riders can tag along in a typical safari vehicle and meet up with the riders in camp.

What do you need to participate?  A great sense of adventure. Good riding ability is important.  Participants should be comfortable at the walk trot and canter. Be able to gallop and react quickly and safely. Should be fit enough to ride between 4 and 6 hours a day. The weight limit is 210 lbs or 95 kgs.

Contact us to find out about our riding safari adventures in East Africa.

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