Assembling the new hives.
Slot A goes into Slot B.
It's a funny business.
The hives need to be protected from wandering buffalo, elephants,
and of course, honey badgers.
One of the house structures used to protect the Langstroth styled hives. Note the elephant proof fence.
Two of our young ladies that attended the bee keeping college.
They bring a vast amount of knowledge to our business.
The Tanzanian Top Bar Hive is hung in trees initially to attract bees and keep them safe from predators. Did we mention the "honey badger"?
Two more of our team with a hive hanging in the background.
Once the hives are taken over by the bees, they are grouped
to make it easier to tend to them.
To answer the question, "can you focus a camera while wearing
a bee suit?' Well, sort of.
Most of our bees are the aggressive African bee. This is nectar from from our second type, stingless bees.
The raw honey is poured into a cloth bag.
The bag is tightly tied and then placed in the press.
At the press.
The filtered honey exits out of the bottom of the press.
Every last drop.
The honey is then collected and packaged for sale.
Now we need to collect more honey.
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Maasai Honey was generously granted
land from the Ololosokwan Village Council
in order to establish a women’s beekeeping project. We currently have over 100 hives
in four apiaries.
Our beekeepers harvest honey twice a
year. Both harvests follow the rainy seasons;
the first harvest happens in the months of
June-August, and the second in the month
After the honeycomb is collected from
the hives, we extract the honey using
a honey press.