At 50 floors and 223 meters, the Carlton Centre is Africa’s tallest building (but apparently not for long). Completed in 1972, it’s not much to look at, despite its big Transnet crown that glows red at night, but the views from the top are superb!
Finding the ticket office and lift shaft to get you to the 50th floor is not easy. The attraction seems somewhat forgotten, which makes the experience all the more special. After getting very lost, and stuck in the service lift of a neighbouring building (which was terrifying), we eventually found the tiny ticket office that issues little receipts for the R15 entrance fee through a small window. We were unceremoniously shown to the lifts, which took us to the 50th floor in a matter of seconds.
The 360 degree views are punctuated by warped and faded photographs that point out some of the land marks that can be seen from each window, and viewing telescopes that you can use to hone in on points of interest. The walls opposite the windows are lined with fascinating pieces of the city’s history and information about the construction of the Carlton Tower. Nothing is in great shape, but it’s quite an endearing experience, and the views from that height are breathtaking!
Unfortunately I didn’t have the best choice of film in loaded in my camera at the time, so I didn’t get the best snaps. You’ll have to go and see it for yourself.