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Advice: soft luggage for S. Africa safari w/small planes

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Hello - I'm new to posting at Fodors, but I've enjoyed reading threads here as t have been preparing for my first ever safari! I am going in June with husband and 2 daughters ages 10 and 13. We'll be away from home (California) for 3 weeks. 1 night Johannesburg, 3 nights Londolozi, 4 nights Phinda, 4 nights Kwandwe, 3 nights Jeffrey's Bay (Husband is an avid surfer so this part is for him!) and 4 nights Cape Town. So we'll be taking 2 small safari planes (from JNB to Londolozi, then from Londolozi to Phinda) as well as several other flights within the country (Durban to Pt. Elizabeth, Pt, Eiizabeth to Cape Town).

I've been agonizing over what luggage we should bring. I know the whole weight limit (44 lbs) on the small safari flights (we're flying with Federal Air) and that it is supposed to ideally be soft-sided without wheels, etc. I have a hard time decision-making so I'd love thoughts on the following, which have become my top contenders.

1. Ebags Mother Lode TLS Weekender Convertible

2, Rick Steves' Convertible

3. Eagle Creek duffel, maybe in large?

I know these are all popular. I like the ability to carry the Rick Steves and Mother Lode on your back. But then I worry what second, smaller bag I'd take - I like to have a backpack with me on planes and then use it as a daypack at my destination. Not sure how to carry 2 backpacks at once through airports though! So I've looked at all kinds of smaller bags that I could carry on that also convert from backpack to over shoulders and am just getting totally confused! So I guess I'd also be interested in suggestions for the second smaller bag as well.

Thanks so much for any input!

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