FFrom budget domestic airlines to 4x4 rentals, taxis, luxury coaches and steam trains – there are many interesting ways for newcomers to explore the length and breadth of South Africa.

Enabling your visitors to explore South Africa is an important part of the service you’ll be offering as their host.

Outline the various options that are available and point out how these vary between large urban centres, like Sandton in Johannesburg, and rural spots, such as Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal.

Since they’ll likely be arriving at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, point out the availability of domestic flights to other major cities, such as Durban and Cape Town, and the difference in price between larger carriers like SAA and budget offerings such as Mango and Kulula.

YYour visitors might be interested in a train trip too, so don’t forget to sing the praises of our magnificent Blue Train, luxury Rovos Rail and Premier Classe trains. Short day trips are also available in certain parts of the country for steam train enthusiasts.

Visitors planning intercity travel may require the services of luxury coaches operated by Intercape, Greyhound and Autopax, or, for short trips, many smaller tour operators can be sourced within each province.

If your tourists are in a group, a small bus or tour company might be a good option, while individuals or families are likely to opt for self-drive in a rental car. If the weather is hot, make sure the car has air-conditioning.

If they’re planning any off-road driving, or traversing rugged roads in a game reserve, 4x4 rentals are the way to go.

Then there’s the metred taxi option, which entails making individual bookings with local service providers.