Port Elizabeth’s Donkin Reserve was founded at the behest of Sir Rufane Donkin, the then acting governor of the Cape.
Donkin Reserve origin
The pyramid was erected in commemoration of his wife Elizabeth who had died in India prior to his appointment to Africa. The city was named after her.
The pyramid and the lighthouse are well-known symbols of Port Elizabeth. The open area at the Donkin Reserve affords fine views of Algoa Bay. It is also close to fine examples of yesteryear’s architecture.
Recent additions to the Donkin Reserve includes a flagpole flying the largest South African flag in the country.
The area also has an open air art exhibition featuring works by local artists. It also includes a tribute to Nelson Mandela, after whom Port Elizabeth’s municipality is named.