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 now open for all international travel. Travellers require a certified, negative test result taken within 72 hours from the time of departure as well as travel insurance.
Birkenhead House, La Residence and Royal Malewane are open and we look forward to welcoming international visitors back to our beautiful country which offers the perfect tonic to the challenges of the pandemic. The Silo Hotel will reopen on 1 December 2020.
To celebrate, we are offering guests the opportunity to spend 6 nights at any of our properties and only pay for 5 until 31 May 2021.
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 itself has one of the best private healthcare systems in the world.
We look forward to welcoming our wonderful guests from near and far.
Our expert Reservations Team is on hand to assist with any enquiries.