Sani lodge has a mew reason to feel on top of the world
Tigger the cat, who calls the shots at the mountain hotel, has just earned global prestige
The mountain hotel that boasts the highest pub in Africa has something else to brag about.
Sani Mountain Lodge, which is 2,874m above sea level between South Africa and Lesotho, has a frolicking feline who has made the prestigious Hotels With Cats website, a portal that profiles cats residing at some of the world’s top hospitality establishments.
Tigger wandered into the lodge four years ago and decided to make it his permanent residence.“We are thrilled to see that he had made it onto the website. We are exceptionally thankful that we now get to share this loving ‘Watchman of the Pass’ with all, instead of just keeping him our little secret,” said the lodge’s McCayla Warriker.Hotels With Cats wrote of Tigger: “We are finding cats in all corners of the world and this lucky one lives on the border between South Africa and Lesotho at a remote lodge 2,874 metres above sea level. Staff believe Tigger is part African Wild Cat due to his interesting markings. They think Tigger must have travelled from a nearby village to take up his new duties as resident cat.”The jury is still out on whether the recent Hotels With Cats feature has brought curious guests to the lodge’s doorstep.
“But we have had some clients saying they have heard of Tigger and want to meet him. Tigger helps to spread news of Sani Mountain Lodge and our amazing location at the top of the Drakensberg in Lesotho,” said Warriker.
Tigger, who dines on beef fillet, lamb stew, chicken curry and luxury cat food, also has quite a Facebook fan base of about 1,500 followers.
“Towards the end of 2014, a sweet little cat arrived at Sani Mountain Lodge. There were no clues as to where he came from, but it was clear that he had decided to stay at the lodge. We believe the beauty of the view and the pass had kept him enticed,” said Warriker.“We believe he is part African Wild Cat due to his interesting markings and comfort in the snow.”
Tigger can be found greeting guests, relaxing on the deck or surveying the scene down the pass.
“He seems to act as a watchman of the pass and loves to join guests at our sunrise tea and coffee table on the deck. Furthermore, he loves his own sunrise milk in a saucer while watching the sunrise from the highest pub in Africa,” Warriker added.