International Stingless Bee Centre

International Stingless Bee Centre

International Stingless Bee Centre
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The International Stingless Bee Centre (ISBC) is a sanctuary for stingless bees and a place of environmental education and ecotourism. Many people do not know about stingless bees, especially African species, nor have many sampled their honey, pollen and propolis, delectable activities offered at the ISBC. In addition to beekeeping, the ISBC also serves as a station for international research.
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Synagris
Stellenbosch8 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
The ISBC is a great little trip off kakum road (get off the tro-tro at Abrafo and follow the signs; 10 min walk through the village) for those interested in biology and/or natural remedies.The several species of stingless bees are the stars of the show, of course, and the staff (who are biologists!) know a lot about their behavioral ecology and importance to Ghanaians for medicine and crop pollination. The interior nest architecture and material they use, a dark and gummy substance called propolis which is loaded with antimicrobial agents (for protection of the nest), is really cool. The fact that this group also lost their stinger is also a strange evolutionary twist which still has me scratching my head...

Also, the center itself is really well kept and comfortable, and the bathroom was very clean. They put a lot of love into this place, from the landscape to the nest exhibits to the buildings. There's also a walkway in the back with several species of trees/plants identified, sort of similar to what is offered at Kakum but is more extensive (and you wont be charged an extra 10 cedis). They also maintain a garden with all kinds of fruits and veggies. Have them show you the garden egg if you have not seen it before (I hadn't seen these until I visited Ghana).

Also, they sell honey and propolis extract and even allowed me to sample some, but they don't pressure you to buy it which is nice. The bottles are small and do make nice momentos though (5 cedis).

After nice sweeping views from the canopy walkway (but little in terms of animal sightings), it was nice to get an intimate look at one the forest's most important inhabitants, so I highly recommend a visit. I don't have any complaints, although it would be nice to see inside more nests, but this is not an easy task and would probably be stressful for the bees. The real triumph is the fact that they've been able to maintain these colonies for years since the bees could swarm away whenever they get unhappy.

Really, you only need a solid hour for this trip, unless you do the walkway which might add 30 minutes.
Written August 10, 2013
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Lee J
Exeter, UK68 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Did a short tour here led by a very enthusiastic guy who needs visitors support and interest.
Thoroughly enjoyed seeing the various bees and tasting their honey which you can also buy.
Give it a go
Written December 18, 2018
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annminky
United States1,484 contributions
Apr 2016 • Solo
Went to visit this place to see for myself these stingless bees. I'm imagining how big these bees must be, but lo and behold, they are so tiny and cute. The guide showed us the different types of bees and educate us on how they can be useful.
Written April 21, 2016
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Daniel L
12 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
After traveling there from Cape Coast by trotro (45min) and walk another 10min I found the place closed. The website didnt say anything about it, so I was quited disappointed. I had to come back to Cape Coast, wasting another hour bargaining with taxis coming from Kakum and extra money for nothing. I would recommend to everyone to call before you go, like most of the attractions I visited in Ghana the reliability is low. Hopefully I get to see the Bee Centre next time.
Written September 17, 2017
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viviani204
Lagos, Nigeria45 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
I choose to visit the international sting-less bee centre based on the online reviews that i had seen. I spent about an hour there and saw the different species of stingless bees and their hives at the centre. The small bottles of honey are a good gift to buy for friends and also a way of supporting the good work at the centre. The taste of the honey though was shockingly different for me and would have to be an acquired taste.
Written November 12, 2015
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Jessica H
Louisville, KY93 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
I am glad we decided to support this center, but it was not exactly made for tourist. The center was originally designed for research but opened to the public for funding. Chris was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and friendly. We walked around and saw all the bees. All-in-all, the entire tour took about 1.5 hours (that includes lots of questions and pictures). The issues are the road is absolutely terrible to the center and none of the taxi drivers know where the center is located despite very adequate advertising and signs.
Written November 2, 2015
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Randa11C
Davis, CA2 contributions
Nov 2013 • Solo
I was very taken by this charming place. It's not far from Cape Coast and it's right next to Kakum National Park.

I had never heard of stingless bees before, and visiting ISBC I got to take a look inside different hives and get to know the insects. Stingless bees are really tiny social bees that keep their honey in little pots rather than in honeycomb like traditional honeybees. It's really fascinating. And the staff at the center are very accommodating, knowledgeable and friendly.

Richard, my guide, also gave me a tour the flowering garden that attracts pollinators, the organic vegetable garden, and the nature walk full of native species of plants and trees - I would suggest packing a lunch and picnicking there. They also sell unique stingless bee products - honey (which has a completely different flavor from traditional honey), propolis (a bee byproduct that has natural antimicrobial and energy boosting properties), and honey-pollen drops.

I had a really nice time and I would highly recommend it. Takes about an hour.
Written November 14, 2013
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Pappelpflanzer
Essen, Germany149 contributions
May 2019
Very interesting research station, very active people showing you around. First hand experience, nice shop attached, a must-see for everybody, not only for bee keepers!
Written October 8, 2019
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Jade G
Forres, UK15 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
Visited this centre as one of the attractions on our trip around the Kakum area.
Greeted at the gate by the very friendly tour guide who then proceeded to inform us of our expectations of our visit. We began with an informative 'lesson' on the history of both the bees and of the centre itself. They have 6 species of stingless bee here and you are able to see the 3 main types as well as touch 1 of these and the option to take pictures when doing so. From here we went inside to taste the three types of honey produced here, with the option of purchase (Can't recall if it's 20 or 30 Cedi to buy).
Very interesting and informative. Would recommend.
Written April 4, 2017
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Nathalie W
4 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
My friends and I (all of whom are Master of Environmental Management students) didn't know what to expect when we visited the stingless bee center, and were blown away by the knowledge and professionalism we found. Our guide, who had a masters degree in Entomology, greeted us at the gate and spent an hour and a half showing us around the center. He explained the science behind pollination and hive construction, the medicinal benefits of a variety of bee products, and the center's educational endeavors throughout the country. The center is a fascinating example of a self-sustaining enterprise that dabbles in ecotourism, scientific research, and sustainable development all at once. Towards the end of the tour we got to look/touch inside a hive, and touch the bees (so cool!). We all left saying it was the most interesting thing we'd done in Ghana, and highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area!
Written March 24, 2017
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