The Inzerki Apiary is a traditional collective apiary located in the Inzerki Valley, about 82 kilometers north of Agadir in Morocco. This apiary was built in around 1850 by a Berber people from North Africa. It is considered the largest traditional apiary in the world, with over 3,000 hives. The apiary has been in operation for over two centuries and is a testament to the traditional beekeeping practices of the Berber people.
The hives at the Inzerki Apiary are made of clay, straw, and wood, and are arranged in rows in ventilated huts. The bees are allowed to forage freely in the surrounding area, which is rich in wildflowers and plants. The apiary has been restored several times over the years, most recently in 2005. The restoration was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UNESCO, as part of Morocco’s rural tourism development initiatives.
The Inzerki Apiary is a popular tourist destination, and visitors can learn about the traditional beekeeping practices of the Berber people. They can also sample the local honey, and purchase souvenirs from the apiary’s shop. The honey produced at the apiary is of high quality and is known for its delicate flavor.
The Inzerki Apiary is a valuable part of Morocco’s cultural heritage, and it is a reminder of the importance of bees to our ecosystem. It is a great place to learn about bees, and to enjoy the beauty of the Moroccan countryside.