Hilltop-Centre Tree
  • 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.

April 2014

Heartfelt thanks and Gratitude

2014-04-26 14:07 by Robin Roberts

Rommel and Robin would like to acknowledge and thank all of our very dear friends and associates who so selflessly took their time to be with us during our stay in Europe. We were overwhelmed by the kindness and hospitality extended to us during our stay! We traveled for 42 days,  only two nights were spent in a hotel, our off time was spent in the most wonderful homes with friends and families who really went to great efforts to assist us with accommodation, transportation the finest meals and company, many played a vital and helpful role, during our stay in Europe.

Thank you to all  who made our journey, traveling and dining such a smooth and wonderful experience. Thank you for your kindness,generosity and friendship! We appreciate all the support and care that was extended to us, all that was done  during our stay from city to city, while we traveled in Germany and Switzerland. Thank you.

Rommel's Book Launch in Europe

2014-04-26 09:35 by Robin Roberts

It was a trip of a life time for Rommel and his wife Robin to travel to Europe to promote the new book which was published in German. A huge task to translate from Rommel's English draft, where it was translated into German by Ms. Christina Stiiefel, a work in progress for nearly a year, an enormous task.

Upon the completion of the German version and the publication of the book, experts in the field of book marketing and promotion created interesting venues for the book launch.

A very well organized intinary where Rommel and Robin travelled to various cities, Rommel being interviewed by: Deutschland Radio, Der Spiegel, Stern, Lonely Planet, Neues Deutschland, Radio Dreyeckland "Der Bund, "Basler Zeitung and more. Rommel gave talks to a variety of students at Gymnasiums and met with many church group in both countries. He also had the opportunity to meet with film maker Marcel Kolvenbach and view his most recent film Atomic Africa which led to a public lecture and venue  relating to the future of the African continient, the mining industry and globel politic's.

All of the venues where well organized and many thanks to the publisher Bernhard Engler and organizer and co-editior Karl Rechstiener in Switzerland, also to Madame Ulrike Plessow with Buch Contact and others who made all of this possible.There was amazing media coverage with full page articles and pictures in some publications up to three pages!

There was a very positive response by journalists and radio and media houses that took the time to interview and find the story about Rommel his new published book called Wie wir fu die Freiheit kampften and the current challenges that we face here in the new South Africa today.