AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES

AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES

AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES

2020 INTERNATIONAL MEETING

2020 INTERNATIONAL MEETING

2020 INTERNATIONAL MEETING

WILD & WONDERFUL AFRICA:

WILD & WONDERFUL AFRICA:

WILD & WONDERFUL AFRICA:

TANZANIA AND BEYOND

TANZANIA AND BEYOND

TANZANIA AND BEYOND

Dear ABOTA Friends:

Awesome, amazing and wonderfully wild were our reactions to our site visit to East Africa! The natural beauty of the people, landscape and animal life stimulated our senses beyond measure. We are excited to invite you to join us for the ABOTA 2020 International Meeting in Tanzania.

The Pre-Trip Option begins with two days of relaxation and exploration at the brand-new Melia Arusha Resort in Arusha, a bustling, international city located at the base of volcanic, Mt. Meru and near Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. We then continue with two-days of safari in the Tarangire National Park. This vast landscape is dotted with magnificent baobab trees and a wide variety of wildlife including its large elephant population. In Tarangire, you will have a choice of two award-winning and stunning properties, the Tarangire Treetops and the Sanctuary Swala.

The Main Safari includes two days in Arusha and the crown jewels in the Northern Tanzania safari circuit, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. For those not participating in the Pre-Trip, our journey also begins in Arusha. Because of its proximity to Kilimanjaro Airport and safari reserves, Arusha is a busy gateway for people from all corners of the world, embarking upon amazing and unique travel experiences. Its attractions include world-famous coffee farms, the Arusha Cultural Heritage Center, and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal. Our home for these two days will be the newest luxury hotel, the Melia Arusha Resort, expected to open in April 2019. Our next stop for two days will be the pre-historic natural wonder known as the Ngorongoro Crater, where you will have a choice between two different lodges—the legendary Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and the stunning Serena Safari Lodge. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera. It is lush with vegetation and home to thousands of unique and diverse wildlife, such as zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, elephants, lions, hyenas, rhinos and even flamingos. The ecosystem that developed in this eroded volcanic crater is absolutely remarkable! The group from the Pre-Trip will join us here. Our last stop on the Main Safari will be the Serengeti National Park, home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth—the great migration of wildebeests and zebras. Vast, rich grasslands and plenty of water sources attract herds of wildebeests and zebras and the predators that hunt them along with the almighty elephants. Game viewing is the major highlight of the Serengeti but the Four Seasons is a destination on its own with its beautiful accommodations and grounds, heavenly spa, and exquisite culinary experience. Our four-night stay will be truly memorable.

Our Post-Trip Option is Zanzibar—the exotic and alluring island off the coast of the mainland in the breathtaking turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Boasting some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in the world, Zanzibar is the perfect ending with three days of relaxation, history and culture. We spend the first day in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Stone Town. Zanzibar’s capital city has been described as an “exotic multicultural melting pot.” Whether enjoying historical architecture, or exploring the narrow winding streets, or simply savoring a delicious meal overlooking the dhow boats, Zanzibar is a must-see! We then travel to the north coast to experience three nights of beach and coastal cuisine at the luxurious and eco-friendly, Zuri Resort.

Mountain Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a Post-Trip Option but can also be a pre-trip option. Please contact Carrousel Travel for more details or for any custom travel arrangements.

Splendid African sunsets and sundowners are awaiting us! We hope you will join us on this wild and wonderful journey through Tanzania and beyond.

With warmest regards,

Judy and Luther Battiste

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TRAVEL PREPARATIONS + CONSIDERATIONS

AIR ARRANGEMENTS

International flights are now available to book. Contact Terry Likens if you would like assistance from Carrousel.

Booking on your own? Please refer to the details here about airports and dates.

PASSPORTS + VISAS

A valid passport and tourist visas are required for entry into Tanzania and Rwanda.

Read more specifics about what you will need to do.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is a must in order to protect your trip investment and yourself while traveling. Contact us for a custom quote. An optional benefit you may be interested in considering is the Required to Work option. This benefit allows cancelation for covered work-related cancelations such as trials depending on your state of residence.

Travel Insurance Resources:

Allianz Travel Insurance 101

Top 10: Reasons to Buy Travel Insurance

Carrousel Travel Insurance Waiver

HEALTH + IMMUNIZATIONS

Please visit with your personal physician or travel clinic about recommended and required vaccinations for travel to Tanzania and Rwanda. Listed below are links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the countries you will be visiting. The websites provide detailed information about travelers’ health.

Tanzania      Rwanda

Dr. Tom McHorse will be traveling with us to Africa as the ABOTA physician. He and his wife, Kay, have traveled with the International Academy of Trial Lawyers for many years and will be a wonderful addition to our group. Please read his letter addressing health and immunizations for travel to Tanzania and Rwanda.

HOTELS + LODGES

PACKING

EAST AFRICA PACKING LIST

  • Convertible pants (Columbia has many different options/styles for pants that have zip-off legs)
  • Shorts
  • Lightweight fleece jacket or hoodie
  • Long and short sleeved shirts that can easily be worn in layers (Columbia has Insect Blocker shirts available)
    We recommend clothing that is neutral in color such as khaki, brown, beige, gray, etc.
  • Sports bra for ladies (roads are bumpy)
  • Bathing suit
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals for wearing around the pool or lodges
  • Lightweight scarf (for ladies, it can be used as sun protection during the day or a wrap at night)
  • Hat with brim (Tilley or similar)
    A hat will be provided onsite by the local safari company but you may feel free to bring one from home if you have one you like.
  • Money belt/carrier
  • Small flashlight (Carrousel Travel will be providing)
  • Camera plus enough memory cards
  • Electrical adapters for both Tanzania and Rwanda
    American appliances/devices such as shavers, curling irons, battery chargers, etc. operate on 110 volts. Please note that adapters do not convert electricity and that a converter may also be necessary if your appliance/device is not dual voltage and needs to be converted from 110 to 220 volts. Adapters and converters are not always available at the lodges, so it is best to carry your own.
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer (gel and/or wipes)
  • Travel-size laundry liquid laundry detergent (for washing small items)
  • Binoculars
  • Chargers for cameras, phones, laptops, iPads, etc.
  • Sunglasses
  • Large plastic zip-top bags (these are good for separating any items in your luggage that may be wet or dirty from clean items)
  • Enough prescription and non-prescription medication

WATCH

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PARTS UNKNOWN: TANZANIA + ZANZIBAR

For a higher-quality version, the episode can also be purchased and viewed on Prime Video, iTunes or YouTube.

“Whatever image we have of Africa tends to be formed by whatever films we’ve seen. All of those romantic notions: I wanna see magnificent landscapes, incredible animals, extraordinary vistas, magnificent people, the Other in all of its diversity and beauty and strangeness, Tanzania’s got that. All that stuff you thought you wanted, the most jaw-dropping moments; it’s here.”

Anthony Bourdain

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