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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Nick A Says:

The Top of Africa was dirty and falling apart. Doesn't look like it had been cleaned or kept up since the 90s. Windows were so dirty it was hard to see clearly so the views were obstructed

Jim R Says:

Stopped as part of our tour. It is an old, dirty building, downtown Johannesburg that needs a lot of updating and maintenance 0 thankfully the elevators worked. View was OK but the bad air makes the...

davet65 Says:

Views of Johannesberg in all directions. There are some panels telling you what the sights are, but more could be done to highlight points of interest. Good to visit if you are in the CBD, area...

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