Beekeeping in South Africa

The most important thing new beekeepers in South Africa will need when starting beekeeping is knowledge.

Pollen of different colours as well as some bee larvae in the uncapped cells can be seen here.

You will need to understand the specific technique to manage bees, the hive structure, the bee’s tasks, its body and how it feeds, its favourite foods, predators and diseases. Honeybees in South Africa are tricky and intricate to manage, but there are various market-related opportunities in beekeeping.

If you want to start bee farming in South Africa, new beekeepers will also need a swarm (or bee colony), a hive and a place to put the hive, close enough to a food source for bees. (A good source of forage and water will produce an excellent yield of honey). Protective clothing and some tools to work with the hive and colony will also be needed.

South Africa Online ® offers prospective bee farmers a chance to learn more about commercial beekeeping in South Africa, with tools provided by industry experts and a range of articles related to bee farming, honey farms, bee-products and how to start beekeeping. 

Bee-related Products as Medicine

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Beehives for New Bee Farmers

A hive is where the bees will live, raise new bees, keep their egg-laying queen safe and produce honey and other substances for feed....more

Beekeeping Statistics in South Africa

The profile of beekeepers in South Africa (SA) does not differ much from the rest of the world. Less than 5% of beekeepers in SA own the lan...more

Bees and Pollination

Bees are ‘famous’ for their honey (and other products) that they produce. But there has been an increasing awareness of the important se...more

Bees and Pollination Requirements for Crops

Apart from registering their hives, there are certain requirements for beekeepers to provide pollination services to food crops....more

Bees and Their Products

Honey is the golden sweet sticky substance made by bees and other insects. Mainly used by bees to feed their brood, it has been used by huma...more

Bees and Their Social Structure

Honeybees are social insects and live in large colonies. Each colony contains one fertile female, the queen, and many thousands of worker be...more

Challenges and Opportunities for Beekeepers

In South Africa, honeybees and their related products (e.g. honey, beeswax, propolis) and services (pollination for crop production) contrib...more

Honeybees and Pollen

Pollen is a substance produced by the anthers of seed-bearing plants. It consists of fine pollen grains containing male gametes (a plant’s...more

How to Start Beekeeping

The commercial beekeeper will be able to supply pollination services and produce bee-related products such as honey, propolis and wax and ma...more

Pests and Diseases of Bees

Being knowledgeable about honeybee pests and diseases is important for beekeepers to ensure healthier swarms and better quality bee-related ...more

The Feeding of Honey Bees

Stronger well-fed bees are likely to better survive droughts and winter and rear more young bees than those that did not receive supplementa...more

The Importance of Honey Bees

Pollinators, in general, provide a wide range of benefits to humans. Our well-being depends heavily on various ecosystems and their function...more

The Medicinal Value of Honey

Apart from being a nutritious and energy providing food, honey has been known since ancient times to be antimicrobial and antibacterial. It ...more

Water for Bees

Honey bees need water for two main purposes. Firstly, water is used to dilute crystallised honey so that it can be added to brood food. Seco...more

What Do I Need to Start Beekeeping?

The most important thing new beekeepers in South Africa will need when starting beekeeping is knowledge. You will need to understand the spe...more