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“Serves only to highlight how run down PE is”

Donkin Heritage Trail
Reviewed February 25, 2013

While history buffs may find the walk interesting, anyone else will be shocked at how run down and depressing the centre of PE is. I would estimate that at least half the buildings in the city centre are derelict or in a poor state of repair and there genuinely aren't any memorable sights or attractions. That the guidebook contains warnings against visiting some of the sights on foot or alone, speaks volumes.

Save yourself a wasted half day and head out into the beautiful surrounding countryside for a far more enjoyable walk.

6  Thank RMJM12
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed doing this trail and seeing all the historical buildings. You can purchase a booklet from the tourist center of the town, complete with a map and a description of each site; however, at 30 rand it is a huge rip off, so if you do some research online, you might be able to find a map online. The booklet itself tells you that there are certain parts that are not advisable to walk, but drive. But the trail offers wonderful views of not only the buildings, but Nelson Mandela Bay, St. George's Park, etc.

3  Thank CarmenSandiego2012
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

The Donkin Heritage Trail is the best way to explore the historic part of Port Elizabeth. Because I live in PE I often head into this part of town with my camera and do parts of the trail. Its about 5km in total so can be done quite easily in half a day if you put time aside to go into some of the buildings and attractions.

1  Thank FireflyAfrica
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

We bought the booklet at the information center at the Donkin Reserve and Lighthouse for R30. The booklet has a lot of information about each of the 51 sights included in the tour. We used the map to navigate because the blue lines on the pavement were not always clear to see.

We did not walk very fast and went inside some of the buildings, museums and churches. We also tried to read the information about each site while visiting and took a lot of photos. We spend about 8 hours over 2 days to see al 51 places. We really enjoyed walking the trail with some beautiful and interesting places but were disappointed that a lot of the buildings were neglected. It is a great way to see Port Elizabeth.

2  Thank Lu-Gerda
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

like most of south africa, port elizabeth is somewhat short on urban history. this trail, marked with blue strips on the pavement, takes you past some of those that remain, varying from run-down victorian buildings to those that have been tidied up but retain their original corrugated iron roofs, wrought iron railings or balconies and newer landmarks such as the giant national flag 4m x 3m flapping madly in the wind (p.e. likes to call itself the friendly city, but locals rightly term it the windy city).
in places the blue markings disappear so unless you've bought the route guide from the visitor centre next to the hilltop flag and lighthouse, you could wander well off the track.
for a free feature that also takes in the modern sculptures along the winding path down the hill and the vibrant main shopping street (we returned uphill by the free, covered public escalator) it's pretty good.

3  Thank famwag
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