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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Myrna G Says:

You get a nice view of the city, but there's little info about what's you're seeing. The facility itself looks very dated. Worth going if getting an aerial view is important to you,

kdgarlipp Says:

Being able to see Johannesburg and surrounds from the tallest building in Johannesburg should be a must for all visitors. Just a pity about parking and the surrounds.

debsmillen66 Says:

We visited the Top of Africa on our first day in Johannesburg and it was worth it despite the poor condition of the building. The views are wonderful and you can work out your bearings. You can have...

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