I am a young traveler from Cameroon and haven't really been used to using forums like this because in Cameroon, we care less about tourism. For the 4months I have been in Tanzania, I have not been opportune to go on a safari trip yet, but have been carefully studying different companies and reviews from past travelers as well as what the experts have to say. I very much appreciate the word of experts, but what hurts me the most is that, none ever recommends a still growing tour operator. They only recommend the big ones they've known for years. I believe that as experts, it's time to write and advice someone about giving a try to other little companies not just the big ones you've known with all their services which is way very expensive to so many budget travelers.
I now understand why some travelers would rather let a flycatcher bring them to multiple companies so as to compare rather than listen to experts who will only recommend companies that will charge them what they can't afford to pay.
This is to you all the experts. I also notice that when it comes to the bad comments about little companies, you jump into it very fast even if you know nothing about it. Be experts for the established and still growing companies. Small companies need you to be their voices for they've got very little funds for ads and have to depend solely on flycatchers which is not bad for these guys feed from the commission they make by bringing tourists to small companies, a commission they don't get when they bring the same tourist to the big companies.
Respond to this if you're an expert or an advocate for small companies and please do so with some dignity.