Bees are tiny little miracles of nature – they not only pollinate our flowers but are largely responsible for our crops and food. It is estimated that a third of the food we consume relies predominantly on pollination by bees …

But these little heroes are under threat.

Across the world there has been a growing concern about the decline in the bee population, mainly due to intensive farming, loss of habitat, improper use of pesticides and climate change.

The CCFA team has been hard at work to help prevent the decline in the bee population. In 2019, we relocated 120 new beehives onto three Mantis properties in the Eastern Cape: Hopewell Conservation Estate, Founders’ Lodge and Intle Boutique Hotel. With an average of 50 000 to 75 000 bees per hive, this has created a habitat for around 9 million bees. The project has also created much needed skills development and employment, plus the honey is sold at Mantis properties and Spar retail outlets in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth).

To coincide with World Bee Day, CCFA is extending its bee project to the Western Cape by installing 70 beehives at two sites: The Honey House on Willowdale Farm in Stanford and on Hazendal – a Mantis property located in Stellenbosch – and has introduced an Adopt-a-Hive’ project.

In collaboration with Honeybee Heroes, the Adopt-a-Hive project offers you a simple, hands-off way to help honeybees and nature’s pollination process. You can support bees without being a beekeeper!

For an investment of £100 (R2 000)
you can adopt a honeybee hive and,
in return, besides being a bee hero, you receive:

A personalised plaque on
your beehive (this can either be for yourself, a partner, business or a gift for someone special)

Hive progress updates

Contribute towards the long term goal of sustainability of the bee population and community development, through the creation of micro-apiaries

An official adoption certificate

A Beekeeping Experience
(*T&Cs apply)

Click below to open our
online application form

Future project goals

include setting up 1 000 micro-apiaries all over South Africa, donating hives, bee-suits and basic tools to rural South Africans in need, in order to empower them to start up their own businesses.

Once installed, the hives and bees will belong to the community with the honey produced sold back to Honeybee Heroes and CCFA, then through Mantis properties and local businesses. This will provide additional jobs and income for the local community.

  • Creating a fully-equipped education centre at Mantis’ Founders Lodge, where guests can participate in a hands-on beekeeping experience with professional beekeepers


  • Offering an eco-tourism experience in the form of a 3-hour interactive beekeeping experience at
    Willowdale Farm
  • Placing mini beehives at reservations desks and in guest’s rooms, to showcase the complex beehive colony, along with a QR code for additional information about the Adopt-A-Hive project
  • Introducing ‘honey-infused’ menu items, using raw honey sourced from the hives
  • An installation of large-scale bee related artworks

Help Protect Our Honeybees,
They Play A Critical Role In Our Ecosystem.
If Our Bees Die, So Could We … No Bees, No Food.
It Is That Simple!