Top of Africa

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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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BobA402 Says:

Dont make it a point to go to this, but if you happen to be near it, or have time to do it, its kind of cool. but the building is run down, there is no staff to help. One of the elevators (lifts...

WillBTownsend Says:

The ‘Top of Africa’ sounds inviting and is well advertised on the Gauteng municipality’s tourist information website. Certainly, the claim of being the tallest building on the continent would make it...

Debi T Says:

You are riding an elevator to see a good view of Johannesburg. The viewing area is quite run down and there aren't any staff to point out interesting buildings are give any history of the city.

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