Carlton Centre
Top of Africa


"Carlton Centre Top of Africa is a great way to fully grasp the layout of a fascinating city!"

".....the decor is a bit outdated, but the views are right up-to-date!"

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Watching, and waiting, for the sun to set from the Top of Africa on the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre


The Carlton Centre Top of Africa should be the first stop for any tourist visiting Johannesburg, so as to get an understanding of the layout of the city and its surrounds!

Covering 6 acres, the Carlton Centre and the Carlton Hotel, built through the 1960's and opened in 1973, were hard hit by the city's urban decay of the 1990's.

Once the pride of Johannesburg, the Carlton Hotel still remains closed, whereas the Carlton Centre is a fully functional 49 floor office tower, with another non-descript shopping mall below ground level - which is worth a visit for its frenetic pulse and energy.


CARLTON CENTRE
TOP OF AFRICA ENTRANCE FEES :

Adults: R15.00
Children: R10.00

WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY

OPENING TIMES :
Monday – Sunday: 07h30 – 19h00 (7.30am - 7.00pm)

ADDRESS :
156 Commissioner Street (bounded by von Wielligh, Kruis and Main Streets)
Johannesburg Inner City

GPS Co-ordinates (hddd.dddddd)
S26.20517 E028.04652


Other than Google Earth, the best place to get a bird's eye view of the outlay of Johannesburg, is from Top of Africa on the 50th floor of the Carlton Office Tower, which 20 years after completion, is still the tallest building in Africa!

Go see it!

You'll have a far better understanding of Johannesburg as a city once you have - although having a guide or a local explain the layout would be a big help.


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The cafe and bar at the Top of Africa on the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg


Ask a security guard for directions to the secretive, well hidden ticket office, or find it in the shopping mall, behind the fashion retail store named "Studio 88", one floor below ground level.

The 360° viewing deck allows you an overview of Jo'burg - with its leafy green suburbs to the north, the remains of trailings and slimes dams from no-longer operational gold mines to the south and the urban sprawl that chased the gold reef, to the east and west.

There is a coffee shop and a bar on the 50th floor of the carlton Centre Top of Africa, but take enough cash as cards are NOT accepted!

Security is good, as the surrounding neighborhood is monitored by CCTV cameras and inundated with security guards.


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Looking East towards the setting sun from the Top of Africa in downtown Johannesburg


The walls are lined with old black and white photos showing scenes from the early years in Johannesburg as well as a display of those involved in Mahatma Gandhi's satyaghara philosophy of non-violent resistance.

It's obvious that not much has been done to update the few displays - and some windows could do with a good clean, but nowhere else will you have this birds eye view of the city below.

More noticeable for me was the lack of seating.
I sat down and had a coffee and a muffin in the highest cafe in Africa - the "Café@50", whilst waiting for the sun to set, so as to give my feet a rest!

The best time to be up there is before-and-after sunset, which gives you a chance to see Jo'burg in sunlight as well as afetr dark.


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Looking North over the densely populated suburb of Hillbrow from the Carlton Centre Top of Africa in downtown Johannesburg


I caught the Rea Vaya bus, both to and from the Carlton Centre Top of Africa, but there is safe parking in the basement below the lifts





Carlton Centre Top of Africa
156 Commissioner Street (bounded by von Wielligh, Kruis and Main Streets)
Johannesburg Inner City

GPS Co-ordinates (hddd.dddddd)
S26.20517 E028.04652







Page uploaded : 30th July 2014
Page updated : 30th July 2014











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