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  • Hilltop Farm Landscape

    Hilltop Farm Landscape

    Hilltop is located outside the village of Hanover, near Bhisho, the capital of the former homeland, Ciskei, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

  • Volunteer Program

    Volunteer Program
    Volunteer Program

    Hilltop has for many years in the post-apartheid era encouraged a program of volunteerism to play a part in reconstructing a new path for South Africa.

  • Woody Cape Holiday Resort


    Situated right next to the Indian Ocean, this resort is the perfect escape for those looking for a place to spend some relaxing days.

    Whether it is superb fishing or exellent hiking opportunities, there is a lot to discover in the area!

  • Xhosa Culture


    The Transkei, home to the Xhosa people, is the only part of the country still governed by tribal authorities, and most of the region's inhabitants maintain a traditional lifestyle. The Xhosa people live in the traditional way, with ancient tribal systems still intact.

    The people live in thatched mud-brick huts peppered across the hills, without running water or electricity, and subsist through growing mainly maize.

  • Addo Elephant National Park


    More than 450 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, over 48 endangered black rhino as well as a variety of antelope species are situated in the Addo Elephant National Park.

    Lion and spotted hyena have also recently been re-introduced to the area. The largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle is located within the park.

Who we are

The Hilltop Empowerment Centre was established in 1995 with the aim of improving the lives of the South African people and the lives of others from around the world. The centre's purpose is to represent villages, communities, families and individuals in a way that establishes a greater good. Hilltop supervises projects all over the Eastern Cape province with the headquarters remaining in Hanover.


Hilltop Empowerment Centre’s managing director, Rommel Roberts, resides on the property with his wife, Robin. They are committed to assisting people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and work with Hilltop’s managers and volunteers from around the world towards achieving this goal.   The Hilltop team is enthusiastic and very proud of the improvements they have made in people’s lives.

Rommel & Robin Roberts

Rommel and Robin Roberts