Welcome to the official website for the Simply Bee Observation Center in Hopefield, Western Cape.
This is the educational space we created at Simply Bee to showcase our bees and their life cycle. The aim of this center is to inform, educate and create an opportunity to observe our honey bees while they are at work.
At the Observation Centre, Simply Bee offers an informative, educational and interactive way of learning everything about the incredible life-cycle of honey bees, how bees make their honey and how Simply Bee produces such a high standard of organic honey and propolis, whilst proudly maintaining traditional and responsible farming practices.
We also proudly boast the West Coast’s first glass bee-observation hives with 2 live bee colonies.
The hives have glass panels which offer a safe opportunity to view a bee colony in their natural environment, and to learn in an unobtrusive yet safe way about the incredible work ethic and processes of how bees feed their young, make their honey and communicate with each other.
We offer special age appropriate educational packages for school groups, study groups or tourist groups.
By prior arrangement and if the weather permits, there can also be demonstrations arranged by the beekeeper to show visitors how honey is harvested, the tasting of honey and to learn more about the fascinating practices of the beekeeper.
On display in the centre, we have a life size Honey Badger taxidermy mount. Being a near threatened species, Simply Bee supports the fact that more should be done now to ensure the long-term survival of the African honey badgers before they reach a critical status on the IUCN Red List. All of Simply Bee’s hives are placed on badger-friendly stands.
Simply Bee offers special package deals for tour and school groups (over 10 people). Picnic style snack packs & drinks are available – bookings are essential to ensure this deal and full educational demonstrations.
Observation Centre information
We offer a coffee and gift shop at out Observation Centre where you can enjoy freshly baked scones, cakes and muffins.
Tours & Visitors Information
Special rates apply and booking are essential to ensure full educational experience and demonstration.
Honey tasting available.
(donations towards Badger protection welcome)
Demonstrations not guaranteed.
Mon – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturdays: 9am – 4pm
Sunday and public holidays: Closed
Telephone: +27 22-723-0569
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