Carlton Centre’s Top of Africa – Affordable Travel

A View Of Johannesburg From The Top Of Africa (50th Floor Of The Carlton Centre)

At a height of 223 meters and 50-storeys, the Carlton Centre in is the tallest building in Africa. 

The 50th floor of the Carlton Centre is called the Top of Africa and it is reserved for tourists interested in a 360 view of Johannesburg, the city of gold.

Entrance into the Carlton centre is R30 (~N800/ ~$3). This makes it one of the most affordable tourist attractions in Johannesburg. 

What will you see from the Top of Africa?

You will see the North, East, West and South of Johannesburg including FNB Stadium, old gold mines and Gandhi Square.

FNB Stadium/ “Calabash”/ Soccer City

FNB Stadium is the biggest stadium in Africa due to its seating capacity of over 87 400 seats. The stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Old gold mines along Gold Reef City

Johannesburg is fondly referred to as the City of Gold due to the discovery of gold back in the 1880’s. Gold Reef City is a tourist attraction with a theme park, casino, hotel and entertainment centre, and it offers several tours of old gold mines in Johannesburg.

Gandhi Square

Gandhi Square Gandhi Square is currently a central bus terminus for one of Johannesburg’s bus networks. The square is named after Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian leader and human rights activist.

You will also see the skylines of Braamfontein, Hillbrow and Sandton, and more

More information

Open: Weekdays and Weekends
Entrance to the Top of Africa: R30 per person, R20 per person for groups
Address: 150 Commissioner Street Johannesburg

The Carlton Centre is currently owned by Transnet, a state-owned integrated freight transport company. The topmost part of the outside building has the Transnet logo, while the lower floors have a shopping centre with several retails shops. The bottom part of the Carlton Centre is usually busy and crowded due to the retail shops in the centre.

If you are not a local, we recommend that you go to the Carlton Centre with a local tour guide.


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