La Residence has four bee hives on the estate which produce honey for our guests, and have a remarkably beneficial impact on the surrounding ecosystem. In South Africa bees contribute to both food security and poverty alleviation.
Honey bees are regarded as the most important insect pollinator globally. They are generalist pollinators which means they visit a wide variety of flowering plants. What makes them particularly special is their ability to be managed by beekeepers. They can be kept in hives and moved to better foraging conditions.
Many crops are dependent on bee pollination. Through pollination, bees ensure a reliable and diverse seed and fruit supply. Data shows that the use of commercial honey bees for pollination improves fruit set, fruit weight and quality.
Recently, it’s become evident that pollinator-dependent crops are principal sources of many micronutrients, including vitamins A and C, calcium, fluoride and folic acid 10. Bees pollinate most of these crops.
Bees contribute, indirectly, to job creation and employment, both at beekeeping and farm level. This is a huge contribution to food security and poverty alleviation.
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South Africa's international borders are open for all international travel. Travellers require a certified, negative test result taken within 72 hours from the time of departure.
Birkenhead House, La Residence, Royal Malewane and The Silo Hotel are open and we are delighted to welcome guests from near and far to our hotels and lodges which offer the perfect tonic to the pandemic. We have taken every precaution to keep our guests and staff safe. Our hotels and lodges comply with the strictest TBCSA and WHO hygiene protocols and provide ample space for social distancing. South Africa has one of the best private healthcare systems in the world.
I would like to wish all our wonderful guests, staff, industry colleagues and suppliers a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021 - we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this year as we overcome the challenges of the pandemic. To celebrate the new year we are offering guests the opportunity to spend 6 nights at any of our properties and only pay for 5 until 31 May 2021.
Our expert Reservations Team is on hand to assist with any enquiries.