World Bee Day is a jubilant occasion that shines a spotlight on our precious honey bees, reminding us of their pivotal role in nurturing biodiversity and ensuring the pollination of our crops. It’s also a time to revel in the myriad health benefits offered by their remarkable creations: honey, bee pollen, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax, and bee venom.

The buzz is building as we countdown to a day dedicated entirely to our honey bees. Get ready to hive-five nature’s unsung heroes!

This year, festivities stretch from the northern reaches to the southern corners of our nation, offering something delightful for everyone. Dive into enlightening discussions paired with honey tastings, or join the festivities honoring winners of honey competitions. For those seeking adventure, why not embark on a bee safari?

And if attending in person isn’t feasible, treat your senses to a captivating visual journey through stunning photographs of our industrious honey bees by dropping your senses into the most gorgeous photographic exploration of our honey bees in a stunning coffee table book… and we’ve organised just for The Bee Effect followers, a discount voucher to sweeten your day.

Or buy a tree and feed a bee!

Radio Helderberg Breakfast Show Exclusive!
Tune in Next Friday, May 17th @ 07:40 am for a “honey tasting”.
A buzzworthy first on Helderberg FM93.6!

A tantalizing treat awaits as you can expect to delve into the world of the Cape Honey Bee’s gorgeous honey from the fynbos-clad slopes of the Cape.
Hosted by the dynamic Anele, the breakfast show will be abuzz with insights on honey bees, honey, and World Bee Day.
Mark your calendars and set your alarms—it’s a radio event you won’t want to miss!
For more info contact Lourens Kruger on 076 564 8119

Join the buzz at the Southern Beekeeping Association’s World Bee Day celebration, happening at their clubhouse in Modderfontein on Saturday, May 18th, 2024. By picking the nearest Saturday to World Bee Day, we’re making sure everyone can join in, taking advantage of their day off.

Curious minds and bee enthusiasts alike are encouraged to get in touch with Len Boucher, the chairman of SBA, at 081 209 5384 to be part of the program.


Join the buzz and make a lasting commitment to the future of honey bees! With just R150, you can plant a tree through The Bee Effect Trees for Honey Bees pledge fund in partnership with Greenpop. Every donation supports tree planting in the Western Cape, ensuring a flourishing habitat for honey bees. Plus, rest assured, your contribution covers not only the planting but also the ongoing care and monitoring of each tree. Together, let’s create a sweeter tomorrow for our buzzing friends!


Step into a world abuzz with excitement at the ARC in Roodeplaat on May 20th for the highly anticipated World Bee Event! Partnering with SABIO, DALRRD, and GDARDE, along with the esteemed Honey Judges and Stewards Guild of SA, this event promises an unforgettable celebration of all things honey.

Experience the thrill as entries from across South Africa vie for top honors in various categories, showcasing the finest flavors and craftsmanship the country has to offer. Whether you’re a seasoned honey aficionado or simply curious about the art of beekeeping, this event welcomes everyone to join in the festivities.

Stay tuned for more details on what awaits you at this sweet celebration! And if you’re feeling inspired, why not enter the competition yourself? Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this honey-filled extravaganza – mark your calendar and get ready to taste the sweetness of success!

If you would like to enter please use this entry form and submit it by 10 May 2024. BEE PRODUCTS COMP ENTRY FORM WBD 2024 final

Where: AddressR573 & Moloto Rd, Roodeplaat, Pretoria, 0002

Elize Lundall-Magnuson for more info | 082 379 1093

The Bee Effect. Khanyisani Trust. African Honey Bee.

Our partnership is focused on supporting our joint projects in conservation belts in South Africa through the upliftment of communities with beekeeping, and the alleviation of poverty through the unique methods that have proven the sustainability of the training program for bees and communities.


We promised you the opportunity to be captivated in a visual journey with stunning photographs of South Africa’s 2 sub-species honey bees – in our bee book “The Honey Bee Takes Flight” a coffee table book created by South Africa’s first and only internationally certified Honey Sensory Expert & Honey Sommelier, Natasha Lyon and photographer, Sharon Crouse.

While this retails at R1500 – in celebration of World Bee Day for The Bee Effect supporters, we are selling it directly to you for R1300, a R200 saving…just to sweeten the deal that much more. This offer is valid until end of May 2024.

Use the Voucher code: LYONRAWHONEY – Email your order with this code to

Image supplied by Natasha Lyon
photographed for her by Sharon Crouse.

Join us for an unforgettable evening as the Wanders Club pays homage to World Bee Day!
Mark your calendars for Monday, May 21th, and prepare to be captivated by our esteemed guest speaker, Natasha Lyon. Hailing from South Africa, Natasha is not only the country’s first internationally qualified honey sommelier but also a passionate advocate for bee conservation.
Embark on an enlightening journey into the world of bees and honey as Natasha delves into the vital role they play in our ecosystem. From their fascinating behaviours to the delectable nectar they produce, this event promises to be both educational and inspiring.
Save the date for our special event:
Tuesday, May 21st, 2024
7:00 PM for a prompt start at 7:30 PM
Wanderer’s Club, North Road, Illovo – inquire at reception for the exact venue
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to support bee conservation efforts while indulging in the sweet taste of honey! Admission is only R20 for members and R40 for guests. Plus, Natasha will have her exquisite honey available for purchase, along with copies of her captivating coffee table book, “The Honey Bee Takes Flight.” See you there!

4:45pm – 6:15pm

Botanical Society Bookshop
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Visitors Centre, Gate 1
Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735


Join resident entomologist Arné Stander and Natasha in celebrating the invaluable workers of Babylonstoren Farm—the Cape honeybees! The farms heroes pollinating their garden’s bounty of fruits, herbs, and veggies. Enjoy a bee safari and prepare to be captivated as you explore an array of beehives, each with its own unique charm.

Then prepare your taste buds for a journey unlike any other as South Africa’s very own honey sommelier, Natasha Lyon, takes the reins. Discover how the distinct terroir of our region influences the flavor, aroma, and hue of honey as you indulge in a guided tasting of four rare South African varietals, both liquid gold and crystallized delights alike.

Tickets are priced at R1200 per person for this unforgettable experience.

Image supplied by Natasha Lyon
photographed for her by Sharon Crouse.