Things To Do in Central HillThe Donkin Reserve
Where? Central city market Square, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
When? Please enquire.
How? Call +27 (0)41 582-2575
How much? Price on request
The Donkin Reserve is one of the best known historical attractions in Port Elizabeth, telling a fascinating story of the discovery and development of the Friendly City. Sir Rufane Donkin named the city after his late beloved wife, Lady Elizabeth Donkin.
It was also Sir Donkin that constructed the stone pyramid on the hill that overlooks the bay and its harbour and established a grassy reserve around it. The Donkin lighthouse that towers over the pyramid was built in 1861. In 1938, the pyramid was declared a National Monument.
In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the Donkin Reserve was completely revamped. Today, it boasts exquisite mosaics, metal artwork, modern benches that reflect contemporary graffiti art, a chrome statue of an African woman, as well as plenty of abstract art. There is a restaurant that boasts stunning views over the city centre and the harbour, as well as a tourism office for visitors wanting more information on what to see and what do in Port Elizabeth.
Formal tours of the Donkin Reserve are conducted regularly, showcasing this popular attraction off to the world. Visitors are able to climb to the top of the lighthouse and savour truly breath-taking views of the city and the bay.
Also see: Walk the Donkin Heritage Trail.