Meet Ingwe, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, South Africa

Meet Ingwe, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, South Africa


On a dark and stormy day Cape Town at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, one day in 2013, four bedraggled little kittens arrived at the entrance of The Café Grill Restaurant. Instantly taking pity on them some of the staff members snapped them up and took them home. A few weeks later, an adult cat arrived at the hotel…and putting two and two together…staff realised that this was the mother looking for her babies! Enter Ingwe into the land of the resident hotel cat! Partly wild, the striped, feisty mommy-cat stayed put at 12 Apostles and her name means ‘leopard’ in Zulu. It is thought that she had been living in the nearby mountain reserve and her home had been washed away in almighty weather.

Two and a half years later the wild lady has turned herself into a five-star cat! Ingwe’s favourite spot is still The Café Grill, where staff continue to take care of her, treating her to tasty titbits and spoiling her in general. It’s no surprise that her snack of choice is salmon trout and unlike other, more ordinary cats, Ingwe does not like milk, preferring to drink the water her tuna comes in instead. She is quite particular about who she mixes with, lavishing many of our guests with fawning feline fondness while treating others in her typical, catty-like manner. When she isn’t hanging out somewhere in the Hotel, she can be found at the pool, keeping watch over the mighty Atlantic Ocean that fronts the property.


Poised above the Atlantic Ocean, the five-star Cape Town hotel is situated at the water’s edge of a marine reserve, boasting frequent whale and dolphin sightings. Surrounded by nature only, the hotel is flanked by the majestic Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountain range within the Table Mountain National Park. The interior design is inspired by its namesake, creating a fresh, calming environment that artfully combines sophistication with simplicity, comfort and elegance. Guests are spoilt with spectacular views of the ocean and mountain views in each of the 70 bedrooms and suites, including the Presidential Suite, each superbly designed to provide the utmost comfort and style.

The hotel boasts two swimming pools perched above the ocean; its award-winning health and beauty spa; Azure Restaurant, the Café Grill, and the Leopard Room Bar & Lounge; a 16-seater private cinema; and meeting, events & wedding facilities for up to 90 guests.


Cape Town is the perfect combination of mountains, beaches, city and wildlife, from zebra spotting to whale watching, world class restaurants and nightlife. The 12 Apostles provides guests a convenient complimentary shuttle service, and is within five minutes from the most beautiful beaches and Camps Bay, 15 minutes from the city centre and V&A Waterfront, and within easy reach of many vineyards within the Cape Winelands. Or, spend your time gazing out at the ocean with Ingwe. 


The Twelve Apostles is located at Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa (+27 21 4379000). Rooms start at $450 USD per night. View the current deals for this property and rates directly on their website.  This property can also be booked at Booking.Com by clicking here. Images and information credit The  Twelve Apostles. 

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The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town

🐾 This property is pet friendly. They even have a menu for your fur baby and fur travellers will receive a welcome gift from Ingwe 🐾

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