Author: Angela Northover


This year has probably been one of the most stressful in recent history. With Covid-19 pandemic restrictions dictating how we live our lives and where we can and cannot travel, movement within our country and to other regions has been seriously hampered.

With the festive season looming and restrictions less rigid, South Africans are looking forward to enjoying a break from their familiar surroundings (which became perhaps too familiar during lockdown), exploring what the country has to offer and letting go of some of their pent-up stress. This is especially the case as anxiety and restrictions around international travel persist.

To encourage South Africans to enjoy the splendour of South Africa, and in true holiday spirit, the City Lodge Hotel Group has introduced some fantastic offers for holidaymakers such as its Wknd Special and Looong Wknd Special. These specials offer reduced rates for rooms over weekends in December and January at City Lodge Hotels, Courtyard Hotels and Town Lodges.

General Manager of City Lodge Hotel Johannesburg Airport, Barbara Road, Jacques Van Rooyen, says it’s time for South Africans to put up their feet and relax. “Why stay at home when you can have all your meals served to you and your living space kept immaculate while all you have to do is enjoy the break, explore your surroundings and have a good time.”

And, when it comes to exploring South Africa, the City Lodge Hotel Group has hotels in some of South Africa’s most beautiful and exciting holiday destinations, whether you want to be close to the beach, the bush, a casino or a major shopping centre.

If it’s a seaside escape you’re looking for, there’s the City Lodge Hotel Port Elizabeth overlooking Humewood Beach and offering spectacular sea views or Town Lodge Umhlanga, located in popular holiday destination, Umhlanga Rocks. If you’re hankering for the bush, there’s Town Lodge Mbombela, which is a stone’s throw from the Kruger National Park.

Those of you who enjoy the odd spin of a roulette wheel, why not consider a break at the City Lodge Hotel GrandWest, located in the GrandWest Casino Complex in Cape Town or Road Lodge Carnival City located in the Carnival City Casino entertainment complex located on the East Rand of Johannesburg.  

Alternatively, if retail therapy is your thing or you want to get your festive season shopping done at some of the country’s top-end shopping destinations, why not book a stay at hotels such as the Courtyard Hotel Sandton or City Lodge Katherine Street?

Want to explore some of our neighbouring countries? Provided there are not travel restrictions in place, the City Lodge Hotel Group has hotels in Botswana, Maputo and Namibia.

Van Rooyen says in addition to the weekend offers, the Group’s special COVID rates are still in effect. “There has never been a better time to enjoy our beautiful country at reduced rates. And speaking of COVID, we adhere to strict standards of cleanliness and hygiene at all our hotels, with the minutest attention to detail.

“In fact, we are almost touch-free. With online check-ins and the use of QR codes, travellers can book via their cell phones. We have also introduced a City Lodge app, which includes everything from menus and amenities, to reporting a maintenance issue. In addition, we have a business WhatsApp platform that allows our guests to communicate with us,” he adds.

So, if stress has got the better of you or you simply need a break, look no further than the City Lodge Hotel Group. Or, if you need to put family up over the festive season, with 55 hotels around South Africa, there’s bound to be a hotel near you. We’re here for you, all summer looong.