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Riding with a purpose…

As we have written in the past, one of the most compelling reasons to travel by horseback is the up-close and personal interaction with the wildlife, landscapes and cultures.  Our favorite way to explore!

One such example is a riding safari in India through Relief Riders International.  You might be asking yourself, why are they writing about India, they are an African Tour Operator?  Well the answer is simple, we believe in sharing great work.

About a year and a half ago Robin was introduced to Alexander Souri, the founder of Relief Riders.  A mutual colleague of ours introduced them because she saw that we had shared beliefs in adventure travel for a purpose and Robin is an avid equestrian, so it seemed a natural fit.  As we have learned more and more about their mission and service work through Alexander, we have become big fans of the Relief Rider trips.

Relief Riders International was founded with the mission: to combine an extraordinary adventure travel experience with the opportunity for travelers to deliver life-changing medical care, educational supplies, and livestock to below poverty level villagers in Rajasthan, India.  Alexander will tell you, “I know from my own travels to Rajasthan that for every gift I have given I have received gifts that have changed my life.”

Each trip is about 14 days and combines riding the incredible Marwai horses and service work in some of the most remote hospitals, schools and villages. They have two trips being offered in Feb of 2014.  Robin is personally planning for one of the rides in 2015, so as soon as she knows those dates, she’ll let you know so you can join her!

In the meantime check out the rides for 2014 below:

Also here is a recent write-up they got in the Wall Street Journal:

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

Horse & Style Magazine Features our US Sales and Marketing Rep!

Horse & Style MagazineWhat an honor to have our very own Robin Felix featured in Horse & Style magazine’s ( latest edition.  You can check out the online version of the magazine here

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


3 New Exciting Reasons to travel with RLAT in 2012

Happy New Year to you all!

Well the 2012 season has already begun with several of our groups enjoying wonderful safaris and other groups of clients successfully summiting Kilimanjaro on New Years day.  Congratulations to our climbers on achieving their dream of standing on the Roof of Africa!

Real life Adventure Travel is very excited to be rolling out new East African adventures for 2012.  Here are three new reasons to go on safaris with us this year… [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.