Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Donkin Reserve, a Port Elizabeth icon

I often post pictures taken around the  Donkin Reserve but I realised that I haven't taken one looking slightly up the hill with both the lighthouse and the pyramid in it for a while.  The Donkin Reserve is truly one of the most iconic sites (and sights) in Port Elizabeth and has recently been names one of Nelson Mandela Bay's Top 10 tourism icons.  The pyramid was built as a monument to Lady Elizabeth Donkin (after whom the city was named) by her husband Sir Rufane Donkin in 1820 while he was acting governor of the Cape Colony.  The lighthouse was originally built in 1861 and offers fantastic views of the surrounding area and the city from the top.  The old lighthouse keeper's cottage are used as a visitor information centre by Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism as well as a coffee shop. 

1 comment:

  1. My son has a friend whose surname is Donkin. I must ask him if he is related to the PE Donkins! Nice photo.