Backpacker, shoestring, mostly independent (though was able to live the high-life on a couple of Fam trips as a travel agent!).
Started about 10 years after most, at the age of 28 (month solo to Europe using Eurailpass & hostels)... and haven't stopped! Worked ...
The local people know which Tour Companies are consistently GOOD, and make their customers happy! Matoke Tours seemed to have the high quality, as well as the hands-on approach, to make everyone's safaris the best possible. I would not hesitate to recommend them.