Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Percy Tours, Hermanus gets a huge upgrade to their website - www.percytours.com



After much hard work over the last 2 months, Percy Tours in Hermanus, South Africa is extremely proud to announce that our website has had a massive upgrade and is now live for you to check out - so please have a look at - www.percytours.com - for loads of amazing things to see and do around Hermanus and Cape Town, South Africa.

Percy Tours specialise in organising completely tailor-made and individualised holidays, tours, transfers, activities and accommodation of Hermanus, Cape Town and Western Cape regions, with a fleet of luxury minibuses (and cars) with Chauffeur Tour Guides on board.


Great White Shark cage diving in Hermanus is incredible - for loads of info, please check out our dedicated web page at -  

Whale watching boat trips in Hermanus have just started for the new season – check out - www.percytours.com/whale-watching-boat-trips-in-hermanus.html

Our All Activities page has a myriad of activities listed for you to explore.

See you soon in amazing Cape Town and Hermanus – PS. the Whale watching season has just started too, so from early June to early December each year you can view literally 100’s of whales in Hermanus

Many thanks – Percy – www.percytours.com


Friday, November 16, 2012

Percy Tours featured in new 2013 John Platter Wine book of South Africa

Percy Tours listing in new John Platter wine book of South Africa
Percy Tours is extremely happy to be listed in the new 2013 John Platter Wine Book of South Africa (for the 2nd year running) as the ONLY Wine Tour Guides based in Hermanus that John Platter recommends :-))))) - check out our websites for loads of info -

http://www.hermanuswinetours.com/

http://www.percytours.com/

http://www.wineonaplatter.com/blog/page/1219


See you on a Percy Tours wine tour of Hermanus, Cape Town and the wine regions of South Africa soon :-))

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Luxury NEW minibus joins Percy Tours, Hermanus

Utter luxury just got even more luxurious at Percy Tours, Hermanus

Yes, luxury just became even more luxurious, as Percy Tours is extremely proud to announce that we have just obtained a brand new high-end ultra-luxury H1 minibus to add to our already luxurious fleet.

Percy Tours luxury minibuses
Percy Tours luxury fleet of minibuses
Fitted with all-mod cons, this state of the art minibus is another excellent addition to our Tourism products.

Fantastic features include –

Leather seats and head-rests for utmost comfort; with all seats being able to recline fully into “sleeping position” and move-able middle row of seats that allow passengers to fully relax, offering an enormously huge amount of leg room.
leather seats in luxury minibus
Leather (reclining) seats all around
Entertainment suite - a DVD player with a whopping big 12 inch wide-screen – that’s bigger than any i-pad or tablet screen and larger than most laptop screens :-))) – plus it also has over 50 computer games for the kids too, with 2 hand-held controllers – plus inputs for – SD camera cards to view all your holiday photos; AV jacks to plug in your video camera and watch your holiday videos and a remote control unit – and not only that, we have 4 sets of infra-red head-phones too; so the kids can watch The Simpson’s, while mum and dad watch the incredible scenery of the Western Cape in utter silence, without having to listen to the DVD sound - or - the DVD sound can go thro the stereo sound system speakers. 

12 inch DVD and games console
12" wide-screen DVD player and games console
The Surround sound stereo system has an i-pod cable and socket, plus USB and AUX cable socket, so that you can plug in your i-pod (or any device) and listen to your music collection too; while offering all the usual facilities of CD and Radio system.

And there’s more…..sliding doors on both sides; enormous boot you could fit an elephant into :-))) magazine and drinks holders all around; steering wheel audio controller; 2 x Air-Con units – for front and back climate control with many vents; tow bar for trailer; over-head individual lighting; 2 glove compartments; electric front windows and easy-to-use sliding windows on each sliding door.

Additional safety features include – front Air-Bags; ABS brakes; Traction control; all round Anti-smash and grab tinted windows; anti-hijack central locking which automatically locks all doors after we reach 20kph; anti-kid tampering switches to stop accidental opening of doors while in transit; massive front and back fog lights; all seats have 3 point seat-belts.

So now Percy Tours has TWO ultra-luxury minibuses, each fitted with DVD and games system and a multitude of high-quality extras for everyone to totally enjoy their holidays in South Africa.

Percy Tours luxury minibuses, Hermanus
Percy Tours fleet of luxury minibuses, Hermanus
Happy holidaying and see you soon in Hermanus, Cape Town and the Western Cape!

PS. also please check out our various websites that have loads of info and prices for all sorts of activities, tours and adventures in and around Cape Town and Hermanus – 


Percy

www.percytours.com

Designer Tours (and transfers) of Hermanus, Cape Town and the whole Western Cape region.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Hermanus Association of Transport and Tourism (HATT) - Hermanus Association of Transport and Tourism (HATT)

Hermanus Association of Transport and Tourism (HATT) has been set up to legalise, assist, facilitate, regulate, manage, market and promote all the legal Tour Operators, Tour Guides and Tourism transfer transport companies that operate in and around the Hermanus and Overstrand region.

Tour Guides, Tourism Transfer transport companies and Tour Operators are the ones that spend the most time inter-acting with Tourists on a constant day-by-day basis and are the frontline ambassadors that promote our incredible region to tourists. They are a direct reflection of our country and therefore it is HATTs mission to make 100% sure that all of its members provide outstanding, fun, educational, jovial and amazing tourism services all of the time, so that Tourists return again and again.........

With so many incredible Activities and Attractions that the Hermanus region has to offer Tourists, it is vitally important that ALL those that provide Tours and Tourism Transport services not only give incredible excursions and impeccable service, but are also totally legal, trained, insured and conform to all the South African tourism and road transportation laws.

So for loads of info and interesting Tours, Activities and Excursions in and around Hermanus, check out their website at

http://www.hermanusatt.com

Hermanus Association of Transport and Tourism (HATT)
Providing incredible tourism experiences to all the tourists that visit our wonderful region


Friday, June 01, 2012

Leopards in Hermanus and beyond (part 2)













Leopards of Hermanus (and beyond…) (Article 2)

In the good old bad old days, mankind had very little regard for the natural wonders that the planet had and would wantonly plunder its resources without a moments thought as to what damage we were causing. Thankfully in these much more enlightened times, humans have realised that we have to actively save and conserve these dwindling splendours or they will be lost forever.

From the 1960’s many successful campaigners have pushed the boundaries, by highly informing humanity of the plight of many species, which has in turn made us all think a lot harder about helping to save the planet from our own destructive powers, by turning bad into good – from Sir David Attenborough and his amazing BBC nature documentaries; Jane Goodall (Chimpanzees); Dian Fossey (Gorillas); Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Oceans); WWF (Pandas, Dolphins and Whales); Greenpeace (stopping pollution, nuclear and actively pursuing Whaling fleets in their ships); many helping to save the Rhinos and Elephants; TV channels like BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic and now-a-days 1000’s of international conservation NGO’s, charities, UN organisations and local heroes.

Following on from our last article; Hermanus and the Overberg region has it’s own resident Leopards, which are being studied more and more closely by the Cape Leopard Trust (called the Boland Leopard Project). What their research has shown is that each male Leopard has a huge individual territory, which never over-lap with another male; while female Leopards occupy much smaller ranges that over-lap the boundaries of 1, 2 or 3 males ranges, therefore meaning that in reality there are fewer Leopards roaming freely than was first thought. Before this research information was known, farmers used to think that there were many more Leopards occupying tiny ranges.

Due to human expansion into the once remote and isolated regions, there have been many Human-Wildlife conflicts – especially between Farmers of cattle, sheep, goats and poultry and the carnivore cat species of Lions, Cheetah, Leopard, Hyena and the smaller Jackal and Caracal

The Cape Leopard Trust (and a number of other conservation organisations) are doing their utmost to stop these Farmer verses Cat conflicts, with many recent success stories.

Thanks to the large amount of research conduct by the Cape Leopard Trust, via GPS collars and camera traps, they are now able to accurately know how many Leopards there are and where they venture to. This important data obviously shows when and if Leopards are going onto Farming land where there are livestock.

One highly reassuring piece of data regarding the Cederberg Leopards is that 80% of their diet is made up from just 2 of the 30 wild prey species – Klipspringers and Dassies

These cats were once shoot, poisoned or gin-trapped by farmers, but thanks to the Cape Leopard Trust’s hard work over the last decade, they have actively engaged farmers with much important information, dispelling the myths with hard facts and implementing many novel and simple ways to co-exist.

These include – Leopard proof kraals. For small kraals, then the simple and effective way is to place chicken wire over the kraal; for larger kraals, then fencing that is over 2.5metres high and has an outward facing lip, is more than adequate to stop a Leopard from entering. Electrifying the fences also helps.

Throat protectors / collars for each sheep or goat are plastic, cheap, easy to fit and highly effective.

Anatolian shepherd dogs are also an excellent way to protect flocks. These amazing dogs are actively breed by conservation organisations and given away free to farmers. However for the maximum protection of any flock it is best to have a human Shepherd who stays with the animals, protecting them during the day, while the Anatolian shepherd dog protects them at night. This combination has an excellent success rate.

To supplement many farmers incomes they have started to diversify their revenue streams, with Tourism being the major player, as farmers have realised correctly that city dwellers love to escape the concrete jungle and to explore the open spaces of the countryside. The more eco-friendly the better, so conservation of wildlife has also taken centre stage, which has allowed many farmers to actively embrace the ideas put forward by the Cape Leopard Trust and others, by safe-guarding the Leopard and the many wild creatures that share our region.

Long may positive and inventive ideas continue to allow co-existence of humans and wildlife.

For more info on the Boland Leopard Project, please go to - http://capeleopard.org.za/research/leopard/boland

Authored by Percy Tours – www.percytours.com / 072 062 8500

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Until next time, cheers,

Percy at Percy Tours, Hermanus, South Africa.

www.percytours.com

Designer Tours (& transfers) of Hermanus, Cape Town and the whole Western Cape region.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Leopards in the Hermanus mountains


Leopards in the Hermanus mountains (and beyond)

On a recent tour to the Cederberg, I was honoured to have met the owners, organisers and field researchers of the Cape Leopard Trust and was awe-struck at how much they are doing for conservation.

The Cape Leopard Trust aims to facilitate conservation of the Cape's predator diversity through implementing conservation strategies, research projects and tourism initiatives, while also educating and encouraging the youth to have a vested interest in the environment, plus doing major work to find solutions to human-wildlife conflicts, with especially farming and habitat loss.

4 major locations are constantly being researched and studied – Cederberg, Swartberg, Namaqualand and the Boland mountains from Hermanus up past Worcester.

In the past, 8 leopard were killed per year in these areas, but thankfully since the Cape Leopard Trust started it’s amazing work, there have been no leopards killed since 2007, which all comes down to the great work of constantly informing the local communities and the importance of public awareness about the plight of these magnificent creatures.

The adult Fynbos Cape Leopard is much smaller (20 to 30kgs) than the Karoo Leopard (up to 50kgs) and Savannah Leopard (which can reach 50 to 80kgs) – which all comes down to their prey species – 78% of a Fynbos Leopard’s diet is Rock Hyrax and Klipspringer.

The Boland project is only 2 years old, covering over 3000 km sq and is split into 3 areas, with the southern most one equipped with 82 camera traps at 50 spots and has so far successfully counted 18 adults, 2 cubs and identified 25 different prey species.

Camera traps are a very important research tool as they take photos of every animal that walks past them and so the entire bio-diversity can be analysed and population figures can be calculated. GPS collars are also very useful at accurately measuring the movements of 1 individual creature and vastly help in working out the exact “home- range” of each Leopard, with males having much large ranges (350 to 1000km sq) which overlap with afew females ranges.

Hermanus has certainly had its fair share of recent sightings and encounters with our local Leopards. In June 2011 a young male Leopard was caught in a hi-tech trap and fitted with a GPS device so as to monitor its movements in the mountains near Tesselaarsdal in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley.  Grootbos (near De Kelders) camera-trapped a Leopard in October 2011 only 4 days after they had set up the camera; while next door the Flower Valley camera-trapped 2 Leopards (a male and a female) in Jan 2012. Further inland, the Platbos Forest and Farm 215 have also reported that Leopard tracks and spoors have been spotted.

It is highly encouraging and an absolute delight to know that these wildlife conservation organisations are doing such incredible research work to conserve our amazing natural wonders.

Credit and thanks must go to the Cape Leopard Trust, Quinton and Liz – www.capeleopard.org.za

There are many African animal encounters close to Hermanus for you to enjoy – from stroking Cheetahs, African Birds of Prey, Whales, Sharks, Seals, Penguins and an excellent Safari park 2½ hours away, for loads of ideas check out - www.hermanusactivities.net

Authored by Percy Tours – www.percytours.com / 072 062 8500

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Until next time, cheers,

Percy at Percy Tours, Hermanus, South Africa.

www.percytours.com

Designer Tours (and transfers) of Hermanus, Cape Town and the whole Western Cape region.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cape Town - Film and Music Stars flock here.....


Cape Town attracts the Movie Stars and the Music Stars of the world…..

Cape Town is fast becoming THE place to be seen and work by many international Rock Stars and Movie A-list Celebrities, with many new Hollywood block-busters being filmed here, while music mega-stars are flocking here to perform in our new spacious Green Point stadium.

The recent opening of the ultra-modern and high-tech Cape Town Film Studios is the largest movie filming studios in the southern hemisphere (costing R5billion to build) and is attracting many American film studios with large budgets to bring their projects here.

The 4 huge film studios cover 17,000 sqm, while located right next door are many film related companies offering everything from - set production, 3D film studio (where the 1st 3D movie filmed in Africa finished production just recently – Dredd – the follow-up to Judge Dredd); costume design; editing suites; make-up; special effects; there are even luxury houses and accommodation for stars to chill-out, do some office work, rehearse their lines or cook a meal while waiting for their time to be on the movie filming set – and a whole lot more are all here in the purpose built huge complex on 200 hectares.

The list of recent movies filmed in Cape Town is most impressive – Halle Berry was here in late 2010 to film the shark movie “The Dark Tide” / “Dredd” finished filming it’s 3-D action epic in Feb 2011 and cost R245million to produce / Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds were here in March and April 2011 filming “Safe House” – while the next James Bond is predicted to start filming here in November and December 2011, especially as the 25th Bond book is set in Cape Town and scheduled for a Cinema release date of October 2012.

Before that we had - Clint Eastwood's “Invictus” in 2009 with Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman / the sci-fi “District 9” in 2009 – the follow-up “Elysium” is predicted for a late 2012 production and will co-star Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley and Jodie Foster / “Flashbacks of a Fool” in 2008 with Daniel Craig / “10,000 B.C.” in 2008 / HBO's Iraq-war series “Generation Kill” in 2008 / “Blood Diamond” in 2006 with Leonardo DiCaprio / “Lord of War” in 2005 with Nicolas Cage………..

"There are only a few places on the planet that can handle this kind of movie," says Dredd's British co-producer Andrew MacDonald, whose credits include Trainspotting and The Beach. "Cape Town South Africa is comparable to any of them."

Nico Dekker, CEO of Cape Town Film Studios, is quoted as saying – ‘There is a direct correlation between the film industry and the tourism industry. Studies have shown that for every unit of money spent on making a film in a country there is a 2½ times impact factor on the larger economy. So for a film like Dredd, the R100 million ($12.5million) spent has a knock-on effect of R250 million ($31million) into the South African economy.’

All great news

Indian Bollywood movie stars utterly love Cape Town and South Africa too, after the IPL cricket tournament was held here in 2009, which brought loads of Indian celebrities and cricket fans here for the 1st time and they keep coming back for more holidays and business visits – such as – Anil Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Suneil Shetty and Karina Kapoor.

South Africa produced 23 films last year, with an estimated budget spend in South Africa of $3millions each; which directly creates 1,200 jobs and in-directly creates another 4000 jobs

International Music Stars can now perform at the impressive Green Point Stadium, with recent concerts by Coldplay, Seal, U2, Neil Diamond, Irish rock band The Script, Kylie Minogue, James Blunt, Roxette, Justin Bieger, German rock band Rammstein, Earth, Wind and Fire, Esperance Spalding, George Benson and Fatboy Slim…………

And that’s not all – many international famous Rock Stars and Movie Celebrities are flocking to Cape Town for holidays with their families. There are many reasons for this, with obviously our massive amount of incredible activities, great restaurants, amazing wine regions, magnificent scenery and Safari wildlife being large attractions, but it is also the fact that famous Stars do not get hounded and pestered by the annoying paparazzi following their every move, meaning that they can relax fully and get on with enjoying being normal humans :-)))

These high-profile visitors are not only spending a lot of money on their holidays here by staying at luxury 5 star locations, but by regularly updating their Twitter, Facebook and Blog pages their fans are finding out that Cape Town is amazing and are equally following in their foot-steps by coming to Cape Town to see where their idols have filmed movies or played their concerts.

Each set of Stars also have large entourages of crew-workers and assistants following them and they also require accommodation, places to eat and enjoy the attractions that Cape Town has to offer

Many Stars love Cape Town so much that they decide to buy holiday homes here, with Brad Pitt and Elton John to name but afew, each owning plush mansions on the Atlantic seaboard.

Check out some of the Youtube video clips of forthcoming Cape Town filmed movies at –



Cape Town Film Studios - http://www.capetownfilmstudios.co.za/

ENJOY

Compiled and authored by movie and music fan Percy Tours in Hermanus, South Africa – www.percytours.com

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Percy at Percy Tours, Hermanus, South Africa.

www.percytours.com

Designer Tours (& transfers) of Hermanus, Cape Town and the whole Western Cape region.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Stanford evolves - (near Hermanus, South Africa)

Quite obviously none of us can ever be in 2 places at once (however much we try or wish for) and within my profession as a Tour Guide, we escort tourists to many fascinating and wonderful locations within the Western Cape, that have changed since we last visited.

Things in life never stand still and the evolution of tourism attractions is no expectation, so when I did a little trip to Stanford (near Hermanus) recently I was very happy to discover many new delightful developments – the village Main Road has certainly transformed its once empty and drab business units into thriving colourful enterprises that brighten up the whole street.

Just outside the village, one such place that jumped out at me with original uniqueness was the Sir Robert Stanford farm where Madres fabulous country kitchen is situated. When I was last here, there was only Madres culinary delights to entice you, but now within 100 metres of her lovely restaurant there has sprung up a thriving little cottage industry of inter-related creativity and some very novel businesses.

Try the Grappa distillery for example, or the Glass art making foundry – when did you last visit one (or both) of those on a working farm? Never in my book of life, until now.


The Grappa is fermented and distilled in their wood-fired kettle, using the grape skins and pips left over from the estates wine making processes, which are then thrown into the vineyards as organic fertilizer (handy bit of re-cycling x 2), that now produces 3 types of Grappa and 4 types of Schnapps – yummy! The Glass-Works produce from scratch, funky multi-coloured one-off pieces of art, jewellery and kitchenware, plus offers courses on how-to-make your own designs.

And that’s not all – sandwiched between these units are – a new Wine Tasting room that proudly promotes 6 local wineries wines, (there can’t be that many tasting rooms that allow other producers wines to be tasted that are not made on its owners grounds) – and across the pretty water trough gardens is a Arts and Crafts shop offering all manner of locally produced items.

So the next time you go out towards Gansbaai on the R43, do yourself a favour and stop for a while and discover the evolution of quaint Stanford and the Sir Robert Stanford farm stalls – you will not be disappointed.

Madres Restaurant Kitchen – Madre Malan – 028-341-0647 / 082-901-4254
Stanford Glass D├ęcor – Bradley Froud – 082-727-8000
Wine Tasting room – Alta Dempsey – 082-854-5078
Art and Crafts stall and/or Grappa / Schnapps distillery – contact Madre

Authored by – Percy Tours / +27(0)72-062-8500 / http://www.percytours.com/

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hermanus Activities, Tours and Adventures report - Update 22

UPDATE 22 - October 2009 to January 2011

Yes a whole year has swiftly flashed in-front of our eyes and what a stunning year it has been, with many incredible events, crowned by the utmost glory of South Africa hosting a very successful FIFA 2010 World Cup.

World Cup 2010

The whole country got totally behind every football match and for 4 weeks national pride shone thro’ on the streets, with multi-coloured flags hanging from every building and nearly every car and person wearing a flag, t-shirt or banner of some country or the other; the country was awash with every colour of the rainbow. It was a month long party with smiles on every face – euphoria in huge abundance…… Ayoba - as we say down here :-)

The Vuvuzela horn was trumpeted everywhere, much to the annoyance of some watchers, but as Sepp Blatter stated early on – this is HOW South Africa celebrates football - some countries prefer to sing songs, some prefer to do Mexican waves, here they blow on horns….

Games very well attended indeed; the crowds were very enthusiastic, including at the rammed free-to-attend Fan Parks in loads of locations across the country, where there were gigantic TV sound systems, loads of food and drink stalls and musical bands - and everywhere the whole country was trouble-free, demonstrated very clearly by the huge lack of activity at the 56 special Magistrate Courts that were set up across the country to deal with any naughty boys and girls. These court officials were bored senseless and equally the same has to be said for the 26 countries that bought over their special Football Police detectives – they must have thoroughly enjoyed sitting around for 4 weeks of donuts and coffee, while watching every game on tv and doing absolutely zero work whatsoever :-))

South Africans are traditionally much keener watchers of Rugby and Cricket, but suddenly they found a brand new sport to support and they totally absorbed it in their millions. How any work got done during the 4 weeks is still a mystery :-))

South Africa’s 1st goal has been widely considered as being the best goal of any World Cup opening match by many sports commentators.


Percy Tours were busy and lucky enough to escort 4 separate groups to matches in Cape Town, while we sat at the very buzzing and crowded V&A Waterfront, where literally 1000s of fans packed the bars and restaurants, with 100s of massive flat screen tvs in all directions showing the footy. It didn’t matter who you supported, it didn’t matter how old or young you were and it certainly didn’t matter what language you spoke cos all that mattered was to celebrate watching the emotions, glory and spectacle of football.

Then in week 4, Percy Tours got a big wake-up call – literally – at the brain-shattering time of 02.30am on the 6th July we were rudely awoken by a 5 star hotel in Hermanus – “Please could you collect 152 Uruguayan fans from Cape Town airport at 08.30am and bring them to the hotel?” – “You are kidding, ain’t you?” we say sleepily – “NO, please can you help us, PLEASE” - SO we jumped into action and arranged a convey of vehicles…..the next 3 days are a massive blur of high octane action, adventures and laughter – that we enormously enjoyed and will never forget……with the last day crowned by escorting 52 of the group down to Cape Point and back again. We slept for a week after that. With Spanish not being Percy Tours' best of languages and English not being theirs, communications for a starter were “interesting” to say the least. This short mention of events over these 3 days is only the very tip of the iceberg and I could quite easily write a small book about the entertaining events…..maybe I will some day :-))

For those pundits who were stupid enough to predict that South Africa could not pull-off this world class event, they must have been sick to the back-teeth with having to eat SO much humble-pie.

Anyway there are loads of stories that I could easily tell you, but there is much more to fit into this newsletter………


We also got into the soccer fever that spread the country and started to do our-bit by sponsoring a group of young Township lads to start their own football team - initiated by one large-hearted lad Trevor, who wished to keep his friends busy, active and involved in something - other than lowering themselves into the negative effects of booze, drugs and crime - so he started Rangers FC.......after only their 1st season they achieved 7th place out of 16 teams and were reward by the Hermanus Township amateur football association with a nice prize which they will invest in new gear for their players - with so many items required they don't yet know what they will buy - 14 pairs of shorts / 14 pairs of socks, shin pads and a pair of goaly gloves / 14 pairs of boots......
However Percy Tours did think that we should slightly spoil them and reward them for their hard work - so we decide a little christmas party would be a good idea and so we supplied afew chickens for their Braai and afew crates of beers to wash it all down with :-))
So here's a little video clip on Youtube of their party - sing along everyone -

Rangers FC Christmas party

Whales in Hermanus

Someone obviously phoned the mermaids this year, because the Whales started to arrive at Hermanus 2 weeks before the World Cup started and they also came in amazingly large numbers too. The whole Whale watching season was one of the best ever, with them staying around until well into late December. Rare sightings of 2 albino baby Southern Right Whales in the bay at the same time also hit the head-lines. 

 
Great White Sharks in Hermanus

Equally Great White Shark cage diving trips have been fantastic too – and on the day before the England vs. Algeria game at Cape Town, there were an unheard of before 7 helicopters parked up next to the shark boat harbour – that’s a lot of very rich people invading the sleepy port to get their fix of high-adrenaline-adventures, encountering big teethy fish.


After the World Cup.....

After all of this World Cup action Percy Tours decided it was our turn to go on holiday, so we packed our bags and headed north for a 2 week 4000 kms road-trip exploration to the enormous Kalahari Transfrontier Park – for some hot weather, empty enormous spaces and some intoxicating African safari game watching. To say that this place is huge is the under-statement of your life - 9000 sq kms is inside South Africa / and a further 28,000 sq kms is inside Botswana AND there is NOT a vehicle or human in sight for 100s and 100s of miles - just 1000s of African animals running around doing-their-thing in NATURE - and not a tarred road, telephone post or building for 100s of miles - it is utterly mind-blowing wilderness and nature, with the sun, the wind, the call of African animals - sure beats being stuck in a traffic jam in any part of the planet - the thought that springs to mind is magnificent open wildness.
Welcome to the wilderness of Africa - can you spot a car, building or anything human-made? NO, cos thats why it is SO amazing here - NATURE - it is truely awe-inspiring


We also stopping on the way, at Sutherland for some breath-taking star gazing at the southern hemispheres largest optical telescope. Check out how amazing the moon is at a magnification of just x75 -


Wines

In late 2010 a “secret” wine suddenly went on sale in Hermanus – Southern Right 2004 Sauvignon Blanc – nothing amazing there you might think but what set this aside was where it had been stored – 2 years ago 420 bottles were placed in big metal cages and lowered into the cool Atlantic ocean at the Hermanus New Harbour and left to “do its thing”; reappearing with all manner of sea creatures attached to each bottle. The optimum storage temperature had created a wine that was in fact extremely delicious and when the 420 bottles were released for sale, they were sold out in one day, not surprisingly. And here’s some of these rare and exclusive bottles in our possession – any offers? :-))


Along the very same lines (weirdly) – in Finland in late November 2010, afew very rare bottles of champagne were opened for the wine experts to sample. These bottles were found in 2007 under 45metres of sea water and all 168 bottles were from the wreckage of a schooner that had sunk between 1825 and 1830 – YES these bottles of wine and champagne had been submerged for nearly 200 years. Found were bottles of Veuve Clicquot and Maison Juglar. When opened, they were amazingly still very drinkable and hence will be worth an absolute fortune to the salvage team.

Before this event, the oldest bottle of drinkable champagne was thought to be a 1825 Perrier-Jouet / while also in Nov 2010 a world record was set for the selling price of one imperial sized bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947 which sold at auction in Geneva for a staggering $304,375.

Christie’s has reported that their wine auctions across the planet topped $71 million for 2010 and are thankfully back up to the same levels as 2007, before the recession. In early 2011 Sotheby’s will be auctioning off some of Andrew Lloyd-Webbers collection. While Chicago-based Hart Davies Wine reported annual sales of $40 million, an increase of 63% over 2009. New York Zachy’s reported sales of $56.5 million. There is quite obviously afew people on the planet with a huge amount of money who love to splash-out on high quality wines.

More down to earth – the new John Platter South Africa wine book arrived and proclaimed that South Africa had moved up to the 7th largest producer of wine in the world, with just over 1million litres produced.

Corporate clients, famous people and much more...

Percy Tours has over the last year entertained and arranged activities and tours for some pretty high calibre clients - we organised Kayaking with the Whales of Hermanus for a National Geographic film crew and their group of 8 international ambassadors - soon to be aired on National Georgraphic's TV channel - check it out; Wine Tours for a conference group from Unilever - who we next week saw on national South African TV; Whale watching boat trips for a conference group from Unitrans; did restaurant transfers for THE queen of South African estate agents Pam Golding herself; chartered Whale and Shark watching boats for a very rich Arab during the World Cup - for just him, his assistant and 5 body-guards; a Wine Tour and activities for a 110 persons here for a Fruit'n'Veg conference; and transported about over 25 wedding groups from church ceremonies, party receptions and back home safely at 02.00am in the morning.......plus many more we cant mention due to Confidentially Agreements hahahaha!! Yeah right, maybe next time :-))))

Hermanus Activities

Luckily for all who visit Hermanus there are always new and exciting activities to experience and one company has taken things to new levels, by offering – Quad Biking thro’ olive groves, vineyards and up onto the high mountain tops over-looking Hermanus; as well as introducing for the first time here a place to do – Archery; Wall-Climbing and Tree Top Canopy rope slides – with the last of 12 slides being promoted as the longest rope slide in the Western Cape at a length of 120 metres. Paint-balling army games and team building events are also available – so that’s one large dollop of fast and furious action in one spot.

To promote and market all that there is to do in Hermanus, Percy Tours has launched afew more informative and user friendly websites – so please check out –
Hermanus Activities, Tours and Adventures
Whales, Whale watching and boat trips of Hermanus
Tours, Transfers and Adventure in Hermanus and Cape Town
Great White Shark cage dive and Whale watching boat trips

and we will soon be launching 2 other websites that are dedicated to other singular Activities, more info when we have it :-))

High Praise indeed

While one past very happy client, with lady and 3 energetic youngsters in tow, SO utterly loved his holiday with Percy Tours that he just had to sing his high praises – being a free-lance Journalist and Writer, he decided to write on his local lifestyle magazine website – and without me even having to cross-his-hand-with-silver – so here is his and his family’s account of their 2 week holiday around Hermanus and Cape Town with Percy Tours
Fran and Suzanne's report of their 2 week family holiday with Percy Tours

Thank you Fran, Suzanne, Oscar, Ellie and Annabel – see you on holiday in SA again soon.

Christmas 2010

This festive season brought to our pretty little seaside town the usual invasion of over 200,000 holiday-making South Africans who just utterly love our delightful and relaxed atmosphere. With families enjoying our sandy beaches, doing all sorts of fun-packed Activities, while partying, consuming large amounts of booze and braai-ing (BBQ) being the order of the day.

So until next time -

As ever we are all over the internet with loads of jovial and informative natterings – so why not check us out at –
Percy Tours on Facebook
Percy Tours on Twitter
Percy Tours 100s of photos on Flickr
Percy Tours Youtube videos

Until next time, cheers and have an outstandingly excellent 2011 everyone

Percy at Percy Tours, Hermanus, South Africa.

www.percytours.com

Designer Tours (& transfers) of Hermanus, Cape Town and the whole Western Cape region.