We had the most amazing time in Africa with Bina and Crown Safaris Tour Company. Our trip was just over 2 weeks and we were so well taken care of. From the planning of the trip, to the booking, and the actual trip itself. Bina was always available and present to assist us through the entire journey. She made fantastic recommendations as to what to see and where to go for the time that we were there. She ensured that the accommodations we stayed at were clean, safe, and of highest standards. She accompanied us on most aspects of the trip and ensured that we were enjoying ourselves, making the most of our experience, but most importantly she made sure that we were safe at all times. Sure you can spend the time and do the research yourself, but hearing it from someone who has been there and done it is invaluable. You may also try to book the accommodations yourself online, but how can you guarantee the facilities reputation without having spoke to someone who has stayed there before? Finally, going on the trip without a guide and host is also fine but having a personal tour guide who can share stories with you, give you the history, as well as explain the culture, the food, and translate for you is incredible and worth the small added cost.
Some of the amazing aspects of booking with Bina were:
1. She picked us up and dropped us off at the airport when we landed and left
2. She picked us up and dropped us off at the hotels when we landed and left
3. She bartered and translated for us when we were in the marketplaces. She made sure that she took us to the best places to get the best deals on souvenirs and African art
4. She took us to many places off the beaten path to show us the true essence of Africa.
5. Did I mention that by accompanying us, she ensured that we were safe at all times?
I cannot say enough about Bina and how unforgettable of an experience she made for us. I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone who is thinking about going on a trip to Africa to consider booking with Crowne Safaris! You won't regret it!"
Review by Customerdiostud Thyssen3 months ago
When my husband first suggested going to Africa on a safari, I knew that it would be a “bucket list trip” we would try to arrange. His work colleague, Bina Jamal, a native of Kenya, told him about the trips she has been arranging for a number of years. It would be so great to leave the arrangements to someone who knew all of the “ins and outs “of the process. She had been to all of the parks and hotels that we would visit and would select the ones that would give us the best experience.
She negotiated the best possible rates and secured competent and engaging drivers for our safari experiences. All of the details from transport to and from the airport to hotel bookings were seamlessly arranged. We had one payment to submit and everything else was handled for us. The hotels were first class, the food excellent. We felt that we were treated like royalty. Even though the hotel staff commented that it was not high season, the animals all showed up for us.
If this were “Trip Advisor”, I would give this trip a “10” out of “10”. We had the great fortune to meet Bina’s charming parents who each joined us for a portion of our trip.
Bina’s fluency in Swahili was an amazing advantage. Issues that might have been difficult were handled swiftly. It was evident that she was given respect and not subjected to slippery dealings, as she was recognized as a native.
We were most fortunate to book our trip with a native speaker who knew the best spots to see the amazing animals of Kenya and Tanzania. I would highly recommend that if you could join Bina on one of her amazing safari adventures, that you do so.
Mel & Irene Chapman
Review by Annesca3 months ago
Bina whom I had known but never travelled with before decided to do the Kenya/Uganda Safari with her. It was such an amazing experience. Everything was looked after and I didn’t have to worry about anything. From the time I landed in Kenya I was in good hands. Bina is experienced, knows the language, the areas and was flexible if we wanted to do something or go shopping in markets. If you are a single traveller I would highly recommend as you won’t be gouged on the price. And an amazing deal for couples.
Review by Misleading Derrow4 months ago
In April of 2016, my longtime friend and I had the opportunity to embark upon an adventure to Dubai/Africa. A twenty-six day adventure to experience things that many simply dream about. Bina Jamal coordinated this event and her and her husband accompanied us on the trip.
Bina arranged the entire vacation and did so perfectly. Everything was looked after, our flights, accommodation, meals, transportation and safaris.
This, without question, was one of the greatest experiences that I have ever had on a vacation. Everything was precise. Bina was extremely experienced and managed every day of our trip with grace and professionalism. Her knowledge, background and preparation advice was meticulous, relevant and valuable. We had a fabulous time and saw things that we never thought we'd ever see. The Big 5 on the Kenyan safaris and the trek into the Ugandan jungle to observe the silverback gorillas are two.
Bina made sure that we received the best price for every part of our trip and I know that without her assistance we would never had been able to accomplish such a perfect, unique experience at this price.
I highly recommend Bina Jamal to anyone who is planning a similar trip to our's. You will not be disappointed!
Review by Mechanical4 months ago
We travelled to 4 African countries with Bina, and everything went off without a hitch. Stop after stop, we were ushered in to our lodgings
and safaris and through airports without issue. She even chose our side-trip connections, taking care of safety and expediency.
Having been born and lived there, Bina’s knowledge of how things work in Africa, including speaking many languages, made our safaris and intra-country travel simple. She took care of all the details, and all we had to do was show up packed and ready to go. Food choices were abundant, lodging was unique and sometimes even spectacular, and connections easy with Bina.
Bina is an easy-going and truly conscientious guide. She looked after our every wish and need. She has been taking people on
African tours for over 20 years, and has perfected her skillset.
We were so happy with our African tour, we are booking a trip to India with Bina.
Trisha from B.C.
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