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At fifty stories tall and four blocks long, this mixed-use urban landmark is the city’s largest commerce center.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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150 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg 2094, South Africa
+27 11 308 1331
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Reviewed 8 August 2019

A trip to the 'Top of Africa' at the top of the Carlton Centre provides a great overview of the layout of Johannesburg. You can clearly see the layout of the gold mines from east to west, and there is a good view of Sandton...More

Date of experience: August 2019
3  Thank RTJones314
Reviewed 7 August 2019

We stopped here whilst on the Red Bus tour. There was a group of us and we were taken to the entrance by a guide from the bus. At the time I wasn't too bothered but looking back it was quite a nerve wracking experience....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank frenchi700
Reviewed 1 August 2019 via mobile

Carlton Center is the tallest building in Africa which has 50 floors. Watching the building from street level is one thing and going to the top of the 50th floor to see the surrounding views is another. Certainly would recommend going to the top to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 716sachink
Reviewed 26 June 2019 via mobile

The building is located in one of the sketchiest areas I have visited . Do not even think of heading there by yourself. We were with a small tour group and our guide escorted us for the entire time we were out. The views from...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Avinash M
Reviewed 18 June 2019 via mobile

We visited this dilapidated venue as part of the Red Bus Tours. After being escorted by our personal guide from the bus stop, we made it through the shopping mall which had, amazingly, a lot of tenants selling mostly bling products. We pad a meagre...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Piet S
Reviewed 12 June 2019 via mobile

Stopped as part of the tourist bus route. Escorted from the bus by a member of staff knowing that the next bus would be 1/2 hr away. The drop off was outside a fenced off , shut down hotel. Taken into a shopping area and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank 247miked
Reviewed 6 June 2019

Left a review for the "Top of Africa". It is the tallest building in Africa, however, since it is only 50 stories high, probably a bit underwhelmed. We did it as part of the Hop On Hop Off bud tour. The entrance fee is additional...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Brown_Samantha
Reviewed 6 April 2019 via mobile

My second time at Carlton Centre in Johannesburg. The cost of admission is about R30 rands, about $15 USD or little less. There are 50 floors and the elevator takes you straight to the fifth floor. You have the best view of the entire city....More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank wilsonjones81
Reviewed 26 March 2019

Apart from being a shopping center the top floor of the building is also an observatory deck to look at the wide expanse of Joberg with impressive illustrations on the history of South Africa.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank bandip
Reviewed 24 March 2019 via mobile

Once a jewel in Johannesburg it is sad to see this place also going downhill. Nothing really special anymore, no restaurant to sit and enjoy the views. The once fancy hotel is also now just another building vacant.

Date of experience: March 2019
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6 April 2018|
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Response from AfricanZombieHunter | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Yes, it is possible to take the stairs, but it's a loooooooooong way up. (Firemen in the 70's and 80's used to train up those stairs) Also, I agree that you should speak with center management before you do it... just... More
23 April 2016|
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Response from Mermaid_Nix_ZA | Reviewed this property |
A good suggestion is to visit the Carlton on the Johannesburg Hop on Hop off bus which has really excellent recorded commentary about the areas you travel through and is trouble free. Not all the stops are good though... More
23 April 2016|
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Response from ParamenteS |
Where is the car parking paypoint in carltoncentre?