We stayed at Elandsberg in December for three days (and were so impressed we immediately booked another ten for September!!) and here are my thoughts on the birds and the bees (at the splash pool I mean
It's a situation I don't think the park management can ignore.
One has to accept that the bees have first option at the pool. They're part of the 'wild life' after all. But their presence at the pool varied enough to allow us dips during the morning and late afternoon, sort of before they rise, and after bee bed time. But for better or worse the splash pools are theirs during the day.
The birds manage quite well, dipping forward to drink water from the side, and we watched hundreds of them have a drink without any casualties. I placed a bowl of water on the side wall for them thinking it may help them, but they seemed to actually _prefer_ the pool.
Fortunately the bees are not aggressive but I think sooner or later a person with an allergy will get stung and there'll be an emergency, inevitably lawyers will be involved, which will mean the end of the splash pools. Pity, as we enjoyed them as couch potato bird watching spots.
I'm not a bee expert, but someone who is may also be able to come up with a solution, perhaps there's some ointment or other that'll keep them away?
All in all, after many, many visits to other national parks Elandsberg gets my vote as the ultimate getaway-from-it-all park destination, bees or no bees.