Things To Do in HopefieldSimply Bee Observation Centre
Where? 31A Church Street, Hopefield, 7355, Cape West Coast
When? Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00.
How? Call +27 (0)72 802-3634
How much? Free to browse
The little Western Cape Town of Hopefield, nestled snugly between Vredenburg and Malmesbury, is home to the Simply Bee Observation Centre, where these social little insects are constantly hard at work in their fascinating production factories.
Responsible beekeeping is the order of the day at Simply Bee, which is an interactive, educational centre that celebrates the incredible choreography and wordless cooperation of these amazing animals. Learn about the life-cycle of honey bees, and the methods that they employ to produce organic honey and propolis. In addition, visitors will learn about the healthful and healing properties of bee products.
The bees at Simply Bee are from the Cape honey bee family (Apis mellifera capensis), which is endemic to this part of South Africa.
A particularly exciting feature is the first glass bee observation hives to grace the West Coast region, complete with two live bee colonies that are hard at work. Watch and learn behind the safety of the glass panels as these animals go about their daily routines, feed their young, and communicate with one another; all while unhindered by human interference.
School groups, tourist groups and study groups are welcome, and there are special packages for groups of 10 or more people that allow them to get the most out of their Simply Bee experience, including a snack and drink. A demonstration by the beekeeper can also be arranged in advance. This includes the harvesting of the honey, a honey tasting and the fascinating ins and outs of being a formal beekeeper.
The Simply Bee Centre boasts a honey badger taxidermy mount, and there is a portion of the centre dedicated to raising awareness about these beautiful animals, their endangered status and how they can be protected.