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Hermanus, South Africa, Percy Tours. Update 14

Update 14 – SEPT to DEC 2006.
Summer is most definitely here.
Thankfully the winter passed us by quickly and we are now in the middle of a full-on hot sunny summer, with daily temperatures hitting 25 to 30. Phew!!! :-)))

This has brought to Hermanus, Cape Town and Percy Tours, a bumper amount of tourists flocking to our spectacular part of the world. (And we still have at least another 4 months of summer to go) :-))))

Even the Whales joined in the action and were here in record numbers, with a monstrous 172 Southern Right Whales being counted on one day in Walker Bay in mid October (shattering last years record breaking count of 138).

The Hermanus Wine Festival in mid August brought coach loads of wine quoffers to the Wine Village. Local produce such as - olives, cheese, chocolate, meats and many other culinary delights were also on offer to all. Yummy!!! :-)))
The Fernkloof Flower Festival in mid Sept. delighted us all with its floral masterpieces.
The Hermanus Whale Festival brought over 20,000 fun loving and whale spotting folk in late Sept.

Recent nutty famous great white shark cage divers this month have been – Monica Seles and Barbara Windsor. (That would have been an interesting boat trip, if they went diving together) :-)))

World Cup 2010 update.

07/12/2006

It’s Green Point Common for the stadium, or Cape Town loses 2010 World Cup, the Cape Town city council said today.

Cape Town could easily lose hosting altogether any of the 2010 World Cup games, if it doesn’t build the 68,000 seater stadium at Green Point and start right now.

There is and has been, so much political rantings and arguments over this and that, that sadly no-one has agreed anything yet and if the “warring” decision makers don’t agree upon a plan immediately there is a possibility of Cape Town losing ALL its World Cup games to another city in South Africa.

There were light-hearted thoughts by Fifa that Newlands Stadium could take on the games but it’s got many disadvantages, including being too small.

The Executive Mayor, Helen Zilla, said today that “the provincial and national government have said that we must host a semi-final or we (Cape Town) lose 2010.”

On another side issue, Fifa today announced the exact dates that the 2010 World Cup will be held.

Starting - June 11, 2010.
Ending - July 11, 2010.

The continents that will have teams here are – 6 African, 12 European, 5 Asian, 1 Oceanic and 8 from the whole continent of the Americas. This effectively gives Africa one more team and Europe one less.

African qualifying games will start in October 2007.

Silly Season Tours.
Needless to say Percy Tours has been working manically on providing tours of absolute professional quality to many tourists.

We have satisfied many thirsty wine quoffers, with plenty of enjoyable Wine Tours of Stellenbosch, Hemel-en-Aarde in Hermanus, Franschhoek and all points inbetween.
Loads of new wines have just been released on to the market, some being extremely rare, been given high accolades by wine critics and are now very collectible. (With me buying some of them. Who would have believed it, I now collect wines, I must be getting old). :-)))

The new 2007 John Platter wine (bible) book, which reviewed over 4500 wines this season, is now on the shelves too.

With our fleet of luxury minibuses, we have recently completed over 12 individualised tours that each lasted over a week or longer, with one lasting a monstrous 3 weeks for an English lady living in Saudi Arabia, (Hi Louise); visiting all the sights and part-taking in all sorts of adventure sports, including - Micro-lighting over the whales, Dolphin watching boat trip and tree canopy rope swings - travelling from Cape Town, thro’ the Overberg to the Garden Route of Kynsna, Plettenberg Bay and Tsitsikamma.

Organised many events, all sorts of tours and accommodation for - a lady from Bombay, India; 3 nurses from New York; 2 Jordanian gentlemen; 3 great American ladies from Chicago who bought half a jewellery stores diamonds; a delightful couple from rural Somerset; 2 British sailing fanatics who embarked upon a 5 day yacht sailing trip around the Cape of Good Hope & across False Bay and then a 5 day zip around Hermanus; 2 nutty English ladies living in Dubai for a full days wine tasting; a family of 5 Swedes for a 3 week exploration of the Western Cape in November; escorting wives of international professional golfers taking part in the Nelson Mandela Golf Tournament in November at Arabella, Hermanus and chauffeured a wedding party of 40 South Africans in early December.

We zipped up to Clanwilliam on the West Coast in early September, to escort a family around the mind-blowing wonders of the West Coast Flower region, where at that time of the year the wild flowers bloom to create a huge natural carpet of colours and visit the ancient San rock art paintings.

We have conducted over 10 Safari and game viewing trips, including a big 3 day Safari tour in German, (for a couple who spoke very little English), witnessing many African animals jumping about in their wild environments of the Veld.

With the Ysterplaat Military Air Show in full swing, international Generals and Air Marshals wives decided to leave their husbands to play boys-with-toys and required some relaxation and recreation; so with 2 armed body guards in a dark windowed limo and an ambulance of medical staff in convoy; Percy Tours took them on an action packed journey with the Whales, explored the incredible local scenery, enjoyed much fine wine quoffing and indulged in great food at Heaven restaurant in the wine valley.

Royalty even graced Percy Tours, as we chauffeured Sir David & Lady Barbie Plastow, (who once represented Rolls Royce in South Africa), to a days whale watching boat trip.

We certainly enjoy a crazy and speedy team building Treasure Hunt and were more than happy to accompany a group of energetic young aspiring Cape Town solicitors last month.

In early November, Percy Tours took a group from the WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) on a whistle-stop tour of Hermanus and the surrounding countryside. We even did our bit, by donating R3,200 (£300) to their very worthy causes.

We also helped to sponsor a local adventurer to climb to the peak of the highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

(Apologises if we have left anyone off this run-down, who toured with us recently. It’s been one heck of a season.) :-))))

Friends aplenty.
In mid September, my mate Martin arrived for a 6 month stay. Then in mid November, we were visited (or should that be – were descended upon) by my mate Roger, his lovely lady Bev and his son Ben for their annual 3 week stay. Also at the same time, my friend Louisa arrived to experience South Africa too. (We first met on my 16 month world tour, back in 2000, on a 4 Land Rover trip of Frazer Island, Australia.)
This just gave Percy Tours an excuse (as if one was ever really needed) time to do some serious socializing and exploring the Western Cape with them all. The Backpacker bar didn’t know what had hit it either, as we arrived mob-handed and over ran the pool table for many crazy nights of silliness. This also coincided with my birthday party in my garden, attended by 20 mates who rustled up a feast on the braai. Yummy!!!

Eventful proceedings ensued – Great White Shark cage diving, Whale watching, Quad biking, Safari, 2 Wine Tours, a Brewery tasting, Sandboarding, Cape Town city centre visit, Cape of Good Hope & Cape Point day trip, Boulders Beach penguins, Betty’s Bay and many beach visits to sunbath & swim in the cooling Atlantic.

My first experience of Quad Biking was not only great fun, with everyone zipping along and creating a dust cloud after themselves, but as we were high up on a mountain range, the views were utterly incredible. I will certainly be enjoying this fab activity again. Roger enjoyed it SO much that, as soon as he got back to the UK, he went and bought himself a Quad Bike on ebay. If that isn't a seal of approval of a great day out, then i don't know what is :-)))

As you can probably gather, there really has been very little time for us to just chill-out, what with all this utter lunacy occurring at such a frantic pace. :-)))

Please feel free to view more than 170 photos of this incredible region at our photos website -

www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/search/tags:percytours/

Percy Tours – Chauffeur guided tours in our luxury minibuses, Transfers, Airport & Restaurant door-to-door services, Wine Tours & tastings of all wine regions, Safaris & game viewing, Whale watching, Great White Shark cage diving, Quad biking, Kayaking with the whales & seals, Micro-lighting over Walker Bay, Penguins, Cape Floral Kingdom, all types of adventure sports and much more relaxing pursuits.

Over 300 tourist activities to choose from………..

Plus all sorts of day trips and longer tours – Cape of Good Hope & Cape Point, Cape Agulhas, Cape Town city centre, the Little Karoo, Garden Route, West Coast, etc……...

Corporate and Team Building events organised.
Accommodation researched, arranged & booked.

Have a fabulous Christmas festive season and Percy will raise a glass to you all, while we sit sunning ourselves by the swimming pool, zipping cocktails and munching on big Prawns, Ostrich and Springbok steaks.

www.percytours.com

Designer tours of Hermanus, Cape Town and the Western Cape region.


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