Top Sights in Gqeberha

The Donkin Lighthouse



If you’ve ever booked overnight accommodation in Port Elizabeth, you’ll probably understand why it’s called the 1) Friendly City and 2) Windy City. But, you will also get the sense of its rich and varied history and character; the things that set it apart as a unique (if a little quirky) destination. One of the more intriguing peeks into its essence and background is The Donkin and its lighthouse.

This lighthouse, as well as the stone pyramid below it, date back to around 1861. While the lighthouse is not particularly high (55 feet or 16.8 metres from the base to the vane), the whole of The Donkin is perched on a hill, just a few hundred metres from the ocean waters in the harbour, as the crow flies. So, from the top of the lighthouse, the views of the bustling city, harbour and sea are spectacular.

Donkin Lighthouse

The paved walkways on The Donkin are flanked by palm trees, the ground is blanketed in contemporary mosaic art, there are sculptures (including an extensive one that honours the late Nelson Mandela), and a number of benches scattered around the lighthouse. The Donkin Lighthouse, pyramid and art pieces are all part of the much larger Donkin Heritage Trail. The best swimming beaches are only 10 or 15 minutes from The Donkin, as is the airport.


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