Hi Jacques. I take a little different approach.... I usually start with the idea of an experience I want to have and then the priorities fall in line behind that. So the relative importance of the things on your list varies based on whether I am looking for a remote wilderness experience, hunting a type of game (like cats, buffalo, elephant, etc) that might require a PH with specific expertise, looking for my first time experience in Africa, just want to have fun and put a bunch of stuff on the ground inexpensively, or am bringing my wife. The one thing I will not compromise on is that I do not want it to feel like a 'canned' hunt. References etc are important, but I usually look at them as part of my vetting, not as the first stage in decision making. All the best.