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Donkin Street | Belmont Terrace, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 26 May 2018

An interesting area to spend a couple of hours taking in some history and some views of Port Elizabeth. It is also a nice spot to take a picnic or to have a light lunch.

Thank john w
Reviewed 17 May 2018

Lived in PE for many years during its golden years. Nowadays the historic centre of Port Elizabeth is like so many other cities in Africa, somewhat messy and dangerous. Great to visit, but do it in the middle of the afternoon when people are around....More

2  Thank kevT4232UK
Reviewed 9 May 2018

Certainly worth a visit but quite frankly the area has seen better days as it is really just above central Port Elizabeth. It does however afford nice views. Parking is easy and whilst walking on the grassy area of the Reserve should be fine I...More

1  Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Very neat and clean, with families, tourists and young people hanging out. The tourist centre is right next to the lighthouse.

Thank NeelimaJ
Reviewed 1 April 2018

There is a good view above the city and a lot of monuments and memories about south african history in the square, however it is not well maintained. Also some of the old-beautiful buildings around seem to be abandoned.

Thank Pau F
Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

We arrive at 13:30 hoping to climb the lighthouse. Everything was locked up tight. Could still enjoy the views and art installations.

Thank nickytravels2014
Reviewed 21 March 2018

The Donkin reserve overlook the city and contains a monument in the shape of a pyramid dedicated to Elizabeth Donkin, the woman who gave her name to the city beneath.

Thank Commited_Traveller
Reviewed 19 March 2018

We got robbed at the corner to the Edward Hotel during day (1 pm) with lots of people around. Three men with a gun. Its not safe at PE. Even at touristic places. So watch out.

5  Thank Markus J
Erenei, Coordinator at The Donkin Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Hi Markus, sorry to hear about your unfortunate incident. Security has been informed and there should always be metro security guards in the area.

Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

A lovely tribute with some really interesting art. This is a good place to wander for an hour or so and learn something new.

Thank Selina_J_W
Reviewed 6 March 2018

The Donkin Reserve is a history rich, cultural attraction in the heart of PE. The views are stunning and the metro seem to have made some effort in making this a genuine tourist attraction. Safety in this area is still a concern, however I did...More

1  Thank Armant G
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