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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.

Hilltop Bike Project

Friends of Hilltop assist in relaunching the Bicycle Programme 2016

Hilltop has been involved in the promotion of bikes in rural communities due to the serious problems youth experience in transport costs which makes it difficult for them to attend school often situated more than 10 kilometers from home. Employed adults who work late into the night or those that have early morning shifts are challenged, since there is no public transport available. Commonly, people walk for two hours or more to get to work in the dark.

To address this need, Hilltop partnered with Drahdesel (now Velafrika) in Bern and started importing container loads of bikes from Switzerland. Two shipments were sent from Switzerland and one from Holland several years ago.

In January 2016 friends of Hilltop based in Switzerland made a decision to collect bicylces in order to restart Hilltop's transportation project! After careful consideration and planning 20 friends in Switzerland decided to make a dream come true for South Africans. The next step was advertizing which took place with two bicycle shops in the Zurich area and two journalists.

In the months of February, March and April the response from the general public was very positive. Velafrica supported the project team with advice and two enterprises for bike repair.

The shipping company, Optimo, provided free packing material. Hundreds of people brought their bikes PCs and laptops! The Maersk shipping container left Hörhausen on April 29, 2016, it is destined to reach South Africa at the end of May. There awaits the next challanges for the Hilltop team for sorting and unpacking and stock taking the contents and training some local people to be cycle mechanics! Within all of this is the task of distribution in the rural and township locations!

Anticipated delivery date is June 7, 2016 to Hilltop!