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AN L3 PURPOSEFUL TRAVEL TRIP

Africa’s Promise
and Majesty
A COLLABORATIVE JOURNEY
OCTOBER 10 - 22, 2011
LETTER FROM THE EVENT CHAIRS
You may have traveled to Africa before, but you’ve never
seen it like this. This October, join L3 to experience Africa
not as a tourist, but as a guest and a friend. We will
visit three non-profit organizations that are either run or
supported by L3 members where you will witness first-hand
the power individuals have to affect positive change for the
people and communities who need it.

In Ethiopia, you will visit remote, rural villages with Donna


Berber and discover how A Glimmer of Hope is empowering
women, children and communities to lift themselves out of
extreme poverty. You will learn about the entrepreneurial
model that Glimmer developed to provide clean water,
schools, health clinics and micro-finance loans, one village
at a time.

In Kenya and Ethiopia, you will learn how Scott and Sally
Harrison and CURE International are transforming the lives
of children with cleft lip and palate, spine deformities and
crippling orthopedic conditions. You will also witness how
Dick and Nora Lewis’ LIMBS provides those in need with
high quality prosthetic devices. You will discern how like-
minded members can amplify their impact around the world.

After you discover how member organizations operate on


the ground, your journey will take you on a thrilling mobile-
camp safari in the Masai Mara where you will gain a new
respect for both the beauty and the challenges of life in the
wilderness. Our exclusive safari will blend comfort and ease
with the extraordinary beauty of the vast ancient landscape
and the iconic creatures of the African plains.

If you’re looking for a trip that transcends tourism and makes


a difference, this is the trip for you. This trip is open to all L3
members and their adult children, but spots will fill quickly.

Because of the specialized pricing options for this trip,


registration and payment must be done by calling
Lesley Mitchell at (512) 334-4671. You may also email
Lesley at Lmitchell@L3.org if you have any questions or
need additional details.

We look forward to welcoming you in Africa in October.

Warm regards,
Philip and Donna Berber
Scott and Sally Harrison
Dick and Nora Lewis
Africa’s
Promise and Majesty
A Collaborative Journey
October 10-22, 2011
Pricing
The cost of this 13-day, all-inclusive trip* is $12,000
per person for double occupancy. The surcharge for
single occupancy is $2,063. However, this surcharge Important Deadlines
can be negated if you would like to be paired with
another single occupant. Registration Deadline July 11, 2011
Vaccinations Completed August 15, 2011
A deposit of 40% is required at the time of booking. Space is limited - Capacity at 24
The balance is due 90 days before commencement
of the event, or July 11, 2011. If the minimum Travel Tips: Before You Go
number of attendees (11) is not reached, you will • On arrival in Ethiopia and/or Kenya, holders of
receive your deposit back in full. U.S. passports must have in their possession
a signed, valid passport and a tourist visa for
Included: both Ethiopia and Kenya.
• All hotel accommodations for dates of trip • Your passport must remain valid for at least six
• Full board and all ground transportation months beyond the completion of your trip. It is
• All meals and beverages (unless noted as ‘on also imperative that your passport has at least
your own’) two blank pages (excluding amendment pages)
• All activities and visits as per the itinerary available for entry and exit stamps issued when
• Bottled water in the vehicles and during meals entering and exiting immigration points.
• Entrance fee as per the program • We strongly recommend that all travellers
• Service charge and government tax (VAT) purchase adequate trip cancellation /
• Porter fees for all hotels and airports interruption, medical and baggage insurance—
• All transfers with assistance and carry the details of their coverage on tour.
Included on Safari:
• Full board accommodation on safari
• Airport transfers and game drives, as specified
• Laundry while on safari
• Park entrance fees/conservancy fee
• Government levies and taxes
• The Flying Doctors Service throughout the safari
• Mineral water in the vehicle on game drives
• Sodas, beers, water and house wine in the Mara
*Not Included:
• International airfare to and from Africa
• All expenses of a personal nature, such as
telephone calls
• Entry visa fees
• Travel and health insurance
• Meals and activities not indicated in the itinerary
(only a few meals on own to allow for personal
preference)
To register, please call Lesley Mitchell
• Laundry outside of safari at (512) 334-4671
• Excess baggage fees or email Lmitchell@L3.org.
• Extra tours
13-Day Itinerary
Day One - Addis Ababa Day Four - Addis Ababa

When you arrive in Addis Ababa, a guide will In the morning, you will explore Ethiopia’s rich
welcome you at the aiport and assist with your culture, cuisine, art and history with a sight-
luggage and transfer to the hotel, the Hilton Hotel seeing day in Addis Ababa. The morning
Addis. The evening is yours for free time and starts with a visit to the Trinity Cathedral, one
dinner on your own. of the largest churches in Addis and one that
contains the tombs of many politically and
culturally important figures.

From there, you will visit the Ethnological


Museum, formerly the palace of Haile
Selassie, to gain insight into the Ethiopian
peoples, cultures and traditions. A current
exhibition showcases precious old church
paintings and crosses, as well as traditional
musical instruments.

Next, you will drive to the Entoto Mountains


with a breath-taking panoramic overview of
the capital city. There you may visit the old
emperor’s residence, Saint Mary’s church or a
small historic museum.

Enjoy lunch in the valley and browse unique,


handmade traditional clothing and beautiful
pottery in the Shero Meda market.
Day Two and Three - Addis Ababa
L3 member Donna Berber will introduce you to In the afternoon, you will visit two local
A Glimmer of Hope and take you on a tour of the hospitals: The Black Lion Hospital, the best
projects that are transforming lives in one of the government hospital in Ethiopia, and the
most forgotten and poorest parts of the world. CURE International Children’s Hospital,
founded by L3 members Scott and Sally
On the first day, you will visit a rural village Harrison. You will be introduced to their
that has not received outside help. Despite the work during a guided tour of both hospitals.
extreme poverty in which these women and CURE is transforming the lives of children
children were born, their grace, dignity and spirit with hydrocephalus, cleft lip and palate, spine
will inspire you. deformities, clubfoot and other crippling
orthopedic conditions. Their conditions are
The following day, you will visit the villages treatable, but without CURE, they have
of Lega Tafo and Gadamba to witness the nowhere to turn for proper care.
dramatically improved access to education, clean
water and sanitation made possible through This evening you will enjoy dinner at a
Glimmer’s efforts. Over the last 10 years, traditional restaurant with a variety of
Glimmer has completed more than 5,000 projects Ethiopian specialties.
and improved 2.4 million lives.
Day Five - Travel Day Six - Nairobi

Travel from Addis Ababa to Nairobi via a one- After breakfast at the hotel, prepare for a full
hour commercial flight booked as a group by L3. day of exploring the culture, art and history
of Nairobi. Choose from two options for the
The afternoon is yours for leisure time, but save morning:
your energy for an elegant but lively Welcome
Dinner at the Serena Hotel. Option A: City and Museum Tour
Take a drive through the city to view modern-
Justly famed for its exceptional standards of day Nairobi landmarks such as the Law
efficiency, service and five-star hospitality, the Courts, Parliament buildings, Kenyatta
elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena is a International Conference Centre and the
member of the Leading Hotels of the World Kenya National Theatre. The National
group and is consistently voted “Best Hotel Museum of Nairobi is not to be missed, with
in Nairobi” by airlines and international travel historical exhibits and an informative exhibit
magazines alike. Despite its pivotal central about early Swahili culture and society.
location, the Serena remains true to its title and Other museums available for visits include:
offers an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of The Snake Park and National Museum, The
one of Africa’s most vibrant capital cities. Gallery Watatu or Kitengela Glass.

Option B: Wildlife & Kazuri Beads


Spend the morning at the world-famous
Daphne Sheldrick animal orphanage. In the
morning, orphaned wild animals such as
elephants and rhinos come to the waterhole
and are bottle-fed with milk. After the visit,
travel to the former home of Karen Blixen,
a pioneer coffee farmer who wrote several
books in English under the pseudonym Isak
Dinesen (including “Out of Africa”). There you
will get a glimpse into typical colonial life in
Kenya at the turn of the century. At the nearby
Giraffe Centre, you will be eye-to-eye with
gentle giants as you hand-feed giraffes and
learn more about the endangered Rothschild
giraffe. Finally, stop at Kazuri beads, where
some 200 local women handmake and
display ceramic jewelry.

No matter how you choose to spend your


morning, the afternoon promises relaxation
and education with a visit to the Bomas of
Kenya. This center preserves and promotes
Kenyan Culture with daily performances
of traditional tribal dances and an “Africa
Homestead” on which you can experience
rural Kenyan life.

Dinner will be at the exclusive Brew Bistro


Restaurant along the Ngong Road.
Day Seven - Nairobi
Breakfast will again be served at the hotel,
after which you will have your choice of
options for how to spend the day.

Should you choose, Land Cruisers will be


available to take you to meet the people
of Kibera Slums. Kibera is located a short
distance from the city center and is the
largest slum in Nairobi with an estimated
population of more than 800,000 people.
The neighborhood is divided into a number
of “villages” like Soweto, Kisumu Ndogo
(small Kisumu) and more. Most of the people
living in Kibera are of a very low income and
struggle to get access to basic needs like
water and electricity. The people are amazing
and are genuinely happy to have visitors
show interest in their lives and livelihoods.

Alternatively, you may have the day to explore


Nairobi on your own. Additionally, other
organized activities may be available for you.
Day Eight - Kijabe
You will return to the Serena Hotel in the late After breakfast at the hotel, you will trek via
afternoon, giving you plenty of time to freshen Land Cruisers to nearby Kijabe to visit AIC-
up for dinner at the Tamarind Restaurant, CURE’s Clinic, which has partnered with LIMBS
famous for its delicious seafood. International. LIMBS empowers local prosthetic
clinics throughout the developing world to
manufacture highly functional, low-cost prosthetic
components for their patients, using regionally
obtainable materials and simple tools. These
components will enable amputees with a new
chance at an active lifestyle and the renewed
opportunity to become productive members of
society.

You will be here during the LIMBS technology


transfer workshop, where prosthetists and aides
come from nearby towns and villages to learn how
to build the prostheses and ease the adjustment to
the amputees. You will visit with patients who have
received his or her prosthesis and hear about his
or her story. You will also visit with a patient who
has had the LIMBS prosthesis for over five years
and hear how it has changed his life. Since LIMBS
and CURE International work in collaboration
with the Kenyan Government, the Assistant to the
Secretary of the Ministry of Health will join us.
Day Nine - Travel Day Twelve - Nairobi
After breakfast, take a Following a final morning game drive and
45-minute charter flight breakfast at the camp, head back to Nairobi
to transfer to Masai Mara. via a short chartered flight.
A guide will meet you
there to transfer you to The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure,
your exclusive Mobile for relaxing at the Serena Hotel or getting in
Camp, where you will some last-minute shopping. Lunch is on your
have lunch. A professional own.
safari guide will then
brief you in preparation Your African adventure wraps up in style with
for the afternoon game an authentic farewell dinner at The Carnivore
drive. The safari company, Restaurant. “The Carnivore” – as the name
Abercrombie & Kent, suggests – is a meat eater’s paradise. The
continues to redefine the original tented safari focal point of the main restaurant is the
with veranda-fronted tents and modern-day “roasting pit” where a staggering array of
advantages (including private toilets). Relax for meat is roasted on huge metal spears over
the afternoon and then enjoy dinner at camp. charcoal. Waiters bring different meats to the
table and carve onto piping hot plates with an
Day Ten and Eleven - Masai Mara exceptional array of sauces to complement
the meats. Guests may have the opportunity
The jewel in Africa’s crown, Masai Mara is host to sample ostrich and crocodile amongst
to the most spectacular array of wildlife. Her others and for herbivores, there is a vegetarian
open savannah, woodlands and tree-lined menu. Waiters continue their rounds until you
rivers create an eco-system that supports huge admit defeat and lower your flag (perched on
numbers of bird and mammal species. The your table!). If you have any room left after
western border of the park is the spectacular the unlimited servings, a variety of tempting
Siria Escarpment, and together with the acacia- puddings are on offer before mugfuls of
dotted plains, creates scenery of stunning steaming Kenyan coffee herald the end of the
beauty. Game viewing is never dull in the Mara, meal.
and patience is often rewarded with unique
sightings: a pride of lion stalking their prey; a Day Thirteen - Nairobi
solitary leopard retrieving its kill from the high One last breakfast at the hotel concludes this
branches of an acacia trip, before you check out of your rooms and
tree; male wildebeest depart for home on your own.
sparring to attract females
into their harem; or even
a herd of elephants
protecting their young from
opportunistic predators. As
well as wildlife, the Masai
Mara is also home to many
members of the colorful
Masai tribe who may be
seen around the borders
of the park.
To register, please call Lesley Mitchell
Optional experiences are available, including at (512) 334-4671
boating and fishing on Lake Victoria or an or email Lmitchell@L3.org.
exhilarating balloon safari.
COMMITTEE

Philip and Donna Berber


Event chairs, A Glimmer of Hope
Austin, Texas
donna@aglimmerofhope.org

Scott and Sally Harrison


Event chairs, CURE International
Mechanicsburg, PA
sharrison@cureinternational.org
slharrison@cureinternational.org

Dick and Nora Lewis


Event chairs, LIMBS
Deerfield, IL
raldicklewis@gmail.com
noraklewis@gmail.com

Vicki Sebastiani
Purposeful Travel Council Chair
Sonoma, CA
vicki@vsebastiani.com

301 Congress Avenue


Suite 320
Austin, Texas 78701
512-478-1400
www.L3.org

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