December is the peak holiday season at the southern tip of Africa. Joburgers escape Jozi and head to the coast for summer vacations. In 2020, the year Covid-19 played havoc with humanity, December was different. Beaches were closed, curfew was imposed, and second wave spikes were rampant. Tinged with anxiety following a winter of masks, sanitizer and loss, a staycation was a viable option. Yet, after months of work-from-home during lockdown, I felt a need to escape to a home-away-from-home. A few days at Rivonia Premiere Lodge was the ideal getaway, literally on my doorstep.
Road-tripping usually equates to long distance drives, yummy snacks and singalongs. A road trip can defy the norm when the destination is just a few kilometres away. We took the scenic route through the burbs instead of the dreary highway. In twenty minutes, we’d arrived at our destination -without the need for a rest stop or “Are we there yet?”
Consequences of the pandemic have not crushed the lodge’s vitality. Our stay commenced with giggles as we parked in an Elvis Presley fan’s bay. We should have packed our blue suede takkies!
I’d decided on a digital detox. Piet-my-vrou and hadedas were the only tweeters around. It was fun snapping the louries splashing in the birdbath in front of our balcony. We read books, the paper kind, and that in itself was a treat I’d forgotten how to do. We nipped out to get takeaways pretending to adventure to far-off places we’d always dreamed of visiting. We had long talks reminiscing as moms and daughters do. The simplicity, tranquillity and calm of the lodge let me gently exhale. My deeply felt certainty-of-uncertainty throughout lockdown found temporary reprieve. Actually, Joburg in December is the best place to be. Quieter roads, fewer rat-racers and a slower pace. I’m grateful for our mini holiday at Rivonia Premiere Lodge.