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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

    Mandela

    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

    Xhosa

    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

    Addo

    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.

Children

Since 2002 Robin Roberts has been involved in care giving, guidence, nurturing and of the upbringing of the local village children in Hanover  who have spent time at the farm after school on the weekends and holidays.

On February 7th, 2013 Robin and Rommel decided to invite two little girls into there home at the time Owethu had just turn 3 years old and her sister Nora then only 9 years old. The girls coming from an rural village in the Queen's Town area, through the Department of Child Welfare it was determined that they had been severely, neglected and abused, it was decided by authorities that they needed to be placed into a long term fostering programme where they could be protected and nurtured and cared for appropriately.

Since then, Robin and Rommel have been acting foster parents for these two beautiful girls and have witnessed them to flourish in their care and at Hilltop farm. They attend the local schools and are wonderful students, use and learn with computers and are happy children!

Robin and Rommel in 2013 also decided to be a place of safety to a little disabled girl who was living with us in our home for 7 months. Little Anita was a child who was homeless and head of household, abandoned by her mother found by the authorities in East London, she came to stay with our family at Hilltop.It was a wonderful experience to have this child with us and a defining period of time where she learned to speak fluent english with us.

In March 2013 little Anita was finally placed in a childrens home in the East London area where she is doing very well and thriving. In her new school teachers found that she was so advanced in her learning and education that the school advanced her from grade 3 into grade 4, an amazing example of the care and guidence at Hilltop and the developement of her education and skills!