Donkin Reserve Tours

The Donkin Reserve introduces visitors to the early history of Port Elizabeth by way of a small park, stone pyramid, and lighthouse overlooking the South African coastline. Built as a touching memorial to Elizabeth Donkin—wife of 19th-century Cape Colony Governor Rufane Donkin—the hilltop memorial commemorates the woman for whom the city is named, with an inscription that reads: “In the memory of one the most perfect of human beings who has given her name to the town below.”

While you won’t likely spot much wildlife in this reserve, you will find excellent views from atop the lighthouse, as well as walking trails and the terminus of the larger Route 67 Art Trail—a walking tour of 67 pieces of public art representing Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service to end apartheid in South Africa.

Practical Info

The Donkin Reserve is located just below Belmont Terrace. The lighthouse is open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 4:30pm. Admission to the lighthouse and pyramid costs five rand.
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Address: Donkin Street, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa
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Hours: Mon–Sat: 8am–4:30pm
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Admission: ZAR 5
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Full-Day Ultimate Port Elizabeth Tour

Experience Port Elizabeth on this full-day tour, which includes stops a local breweries and a township cultural experience. Follow a guide on a walking tour thought the city center, stopping at highlights such as Donkin Reserve at Belmont Terrace, the old lighthouse, and Fort Frederick. Stop at a craft brewery for a beer tasting and have a meal with a local family in Walmer Township.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Port Elizabeth Half-Day City Tour

Let a personal driver-guide show you around Port Elizabeth in the comfort of a climate-controlled minivan. This private half-day tour provides a scenic orientation of the town's historical and cultural highlights. Hear commentary about South Africa's fifth biggest city, from its origins to present day. Entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Port Elizabeth Shore Excursion: Ultimate Port Elizabeth Tour

Experience the many sides of Port Elizabeth on this full-day shore excursion. Visit historic sites including the Campanile Memorial, Donkin Reserve, and Fort Frederick; admire the artworks along Route 67, enjoy lunch with a local family in the Walmer Township, and sample craft beers at two local breweries.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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