Since 1973 the Carlton Centre has been the tallest skyscraper on the continent. At 223 metres, it deserves to be known as the Top of Africa. The building houses both offices and shops, and has over 46% of its floor area below ground level. The Carlton Centre was designed by the American architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and cost over R88 million to build. Head to the observation deck and enjoy a panoramic view of the City of Gold.

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The Carlton Centre is a skyscraper with an observation deck, providing panoramic views from the 50th floor – which is known as the Top of Africa.


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hopematal Says:

amazing view up there and very affordable too. it could be even better if they had restaurants on top there too. I would have liked to have stayed longer

joannezondag Says:

Usually it's a clear day in Johannesburg, and it was as well when we visited the Carlton building. There is only one elevator, but it brings you to the top in seconds! We enjoyed the all around great...

Howard L Says:

The Carlton Centre opened in 1973 and was made up of four buildings, The 50 floor office block (223m) still holds the record of the tallest building in Africa, the 30 floor Carlton Hotel has been...

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