BrotherD, do you have any plans for hunting Africa? If so, what and when? Have you selected an outfitter yet? What do you hunt in the States?
DSC has a chapter not far from you -- DSC Permian Basin. SCI has a chapter in Odessa. I think that JGRaider is in your area a member who post here.
BrotherD, have you considered any of the outfitters that are listed on AH? Their prices are competitive and their services and quality of hunting they offer gets vetted regularly on these pages. There are more than a few shady outfitters that talk a good game. Unfortunately, they don't all "walk the walk."
Another option is to post your "short list" on AH and ask if anyone has hunted with these outfitters.