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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.

March 2012

Visitors from Japan tour South Africa March 2012

2012-03-07 16:32 by Robin Roberts

Coordinated by Hilltops director Rommel Roberts the their itinerary started in Johannesburg, as they traveled through the interior of the country, hosted by various friends, farmers and ranchers along the trip. Traveling to the Eastern Cape and onto Cape Town the students saw a variety of themes in the agricultural industry. They spent time at cattle ranches, an Arabian horse ranch, citrus farms, a protea flower farm, took in few beaches, villages and while visiting a variety of wine farms and tested some of South Africa's finest wines and even managed to visit the township of Khayelitsha to see the density of a township and the limited prospects of any kind for growing produce or raising animals in such a dense location. A world apart from Tokyo and starkley different from Japan, Mia, Dachi and Mitsuki found their time in South Africa to be a very positive experience and hope that they will be able return again for another visit.

Volunteer Arrives from Japan March 2012

2012-03-02 17:13 by Robin Roberts

their English speaking skills daily. Ikuma spends the entire day as a learner at the school and is participating in all classes, apparently Math being the most difficult. Ikuma has nothing but praise for the teachers at the local primary and believes they are doing wonderful work to insure the youths quality of education. Ikuma being Japanesse looks quite young, even though he is 29 years old. He purchaed himself a school uniform to wear to school in order to match the other childern, respecting the dress code and conduct of the school. Ikuma purchased a VW bettle to drive while he lives in South Africa but has made a clear choice to walk to school rain or shine just like the other learners. Ikuma is now planning to promote a tour for golfer's giving others from Japan the opportunity to tour the country and to play golf on some of the worlds most beautiful courses in the world.