Makana Meadery employs bees of the species Apis mellifera capensis. The climate in our region of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa is mild with occasional cold fronts. Winters can be chilly, but are never outright cold, with one or two frosts a year. As such, bees can survive as outdoor colonies.
The finest pure honey gathered from the diverse range of 4500 species of flowering plants within the Albany region of the Eastern Cape of South Africa is our most important ingredient. In addition to the different distinct floral types of the region which impart unique flavours to the honey, is the area's unpredictable rainfall. Both factors combined mean that honey produced is never quite the same in the same place the next year. Wild vegetation is also naturally strictly organic.
Makana Meadery employs a palletized beekeeping system using a 3 wheel drive truck mounted Manitou forklift and cage - protected palletized beehives. The cages protect the beehives from honeybadgers, baboons, other wild animals and people.
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