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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BeneRousseau Says:

Best way to understand Joburg's topography, scenic view but the whole building (and the mall to access it) are a bit rundown, better to do it on a tour than on your own...

Pat H Says:

There is a wonderful view of larger Johannesburg from this viewpoint. The downside is that there is very little parking to be had for tourist vehicles on the roadside and access to the Entrance to...

WCOB Says:

A visit to the top of the Carlton Centre offers great panoramic views of Johannesburg. It is good value and a great way to spend some time. I stayed in Anderson Street which was about 10 minutes...

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