Donkin Reserve Tours

Donkin Reserve
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.
Address: Donkin Street, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa
Hours: Mon–Sat: 8am–4:30pm
Admission: ZAR 5
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Full day Port Elizabeth City and Township Tour

This full day tour includes a walking city tour through the historic city of Port Elizabeth, highlights during this part of the tour include a visit to the Campanile Tower, City Hall, The City Library, Route 67 art walk, the Donkin Reserve including the best view of Port Elizabeth. The next stop is at The Dockside Brewery, a local brewery specializing in small quantities of extremely special beer, the next brewery on route is The RIchmond Hill Brewing Company where you can sample some more special local beers.The last part of the tour takes place in Walmer Township, one of the oldest and most unique townships in South Africa. Take a walk through the streets with your local guide and learn more about the often undocumented history of this unique area. At the end of the tour you can enjoy a meal with local family.This a fantastic cultural experience that should not be missed by anyone visiting South Africa.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 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
  • Duration: 3 hours
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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
  • Duration: 6 hours
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