Port Elizabeth
Close to the ground.

Donkin Reserve

Belmont Ter, Central 041-585-8884

S 33 57.735 E 025 37.234

Donkin Reserve is the central focus of historical Port Elizabeth. The hilltop park was declared an open public space in perpetuity by former Cape Colony Governor Sir Rufane Donkin in the mid-1800s. In its center, he erected a stone pyramid in honor of his beloved wife, Elizabeth, after whom the city is named. The lighthouse was built in 1861 and overlooks much of the city and the harbor below. It now serves as a small museum and the tourism information office. It is also a good place to start a walking tour along the Donkin Heritage Trail to explore the city center's historical buildings and appreciate its bygone beauty. Maps of the walking tour are available at the tourism office.

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