Baviaanskloof Bees & Leopard Friendly Candles

Leopards on the Streets of London
11th March 2017
Oudeberg Nature Reserve Fire!
5th April 2017

B o-Kloof, a farm not far from Oudeberg, is the home of Baviaanskloof Honey and has, ironically, been in the Honey family for nearly 170 years. This is where we source our Baviaans beeswax sheets for our Leopard Friendly Beeswax Candles (see shop). They are beautifully fragrant because of the abundance of aromatic plants and flowers in this region of South Africa, which boasts karoo and fynbos biomes. The smell is truly unlike anything you would find in the UK. Supporting and promoting the local honey farmers importantly shows less predator-friendly farmers that there are alternative ways of making a livelihood.

The best way to enjoy this honey is a little further down the Baviaanskloof valley at Vero’s, a small community “restaurant” run by Veronica Maganie.

Justyna (wearing the obligatory “Go Baviaans” T-shirt) with Vero

Nothing could top the experience of sitting in Vero’s peaceful garden in the middle of the Baviaanskloof, enjoying local honey spread generously on Vero’s home-fired bread or roosterkoek. Her recipe is below:


  • 2.5kg white flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • Lukewarm water

  • Method:

  • Mix sifted flour with yeast and salt;
  • Add lukewarm water while kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic;
  • Put into greased container, cover, and leave in a warm place until double in size (it should take about an hour);
  • Roll the dough out on a floured board to about 2cm thick, cut into squares and place on an open grid. Grill over medium heat until light in colour, turning the roosterkoek often.

  • Justyna