When is it a good time to book a safari for August 2014? I was also wondering if the best way to book it is through a lodge directly or better with a safari operator? I am on a budget for 2 ppl of approx. 1,200 USD for a 3 day safari with 2-3 in the Serenegeti and 1 in Ngorongo crater. (I can go up a bit more if I have to). My plan is to start on a Sunday and I need to be at Kilimanjaro airport by Wednesday night or early Thursday.
A problem I have is that I am on a special diet so just booking a package tour with full board doesn't offer me the best value as I will anyways be bringing my own food along.