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Luggage and other quetions for upcoming southern Africa trip

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In about 5 weeks (third week in September) I will be off, with two friends, on a three-week trip to Cape Town, the Winelands, Blue Train, Ten Bompas (overnight) Lion Sands, Islands of Siankaba, Stanley's Camp and King's Pool. The trip was planned for us by an agency in Capetown who was recommended by a friend who had used their services last year.

I am just beginning to think about packing and assorted last-minute details, and will post my questions here. The first question concerns luggage:

1. How safe is the luggage storage at JBG airport? Is there an option to shrink-wrap left luggage? What other preparations can I take to ensure that my luggage is safe while I am off on "safari?" (An alternative might be to leave the bag at Ten Bompas, but this wouold mean returning to collect it before out flight home and I understand the hotel is not close to the airport; I have heard of luggage turning up missing from hotel storage so am a bit nervous about securing my things)

2. I am thinking about buying a large duffel and so far, have looked at LL Bean Adventure duffel and REI "beast"..both in the 30" size. Any comments on the pros and cons of both of these and on other bags to consider? Anything I should look for in a travel duffel? I would take the duffel, along with a wheeled bag for "city" clothes and purchases in SA. I am hoping to check the wheeled bag in a storage facility before leaving for Lion Sands and onward.

Anything else I should be working on five weeks before departure. (I will get the Malarone script and have the innoculations under control)

I have received much good advice here and I am hoping that the seasoned Africa travelers will help me with these and other last-minute queries. Many thanks.

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