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A beacon overlooking the city of Port Elizabeth, the Donkin Reserve is named after Sir Rufane Donkin, acting Governor of the Cape Colony in 1820. He constructed a 10m high stone pyramid in memory of his wife who had died of fever in India after only 3 years of marriage, and he set aside a small area around the pyramid as a reserve. A lighthouse was built alongside the pyramid in 1861 and both structures have been beautifully restored and are an integral part of Donkin Reserve.
An upgrade project was undertaken in 2014 with the intention of making the Donkin Reserve a safe and welcoming public space for Port Elizabeth’s citizens, and the successful project has helped to kick-start other improvements in the inner city. Students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University were responsible for the creative and colourful mosaic walkway and the reserve has been fitted with the world’s largest flagpole supporting a giant... Show more