The Carlton Centre is a skyscraper of 223 metres, which makes it South Africa’s tallest building. Situated in the town centre of Johannesburg is was once the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.
Officially opened in 1973 and linked to the Carlton Hotel, it stands 50 floors high above an underground shopping centre with over 180 shops and an Ice skating rink. The building consists of mainly offices and seats the head office of Transnet. However, the high crime rate of this part of the city threatens its future, as many occupants relocate for this very reason.
Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve
The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve offers day visitors a kiosk, curio shop, restaurant, play park, snake displays, barbecue facilities and swimming pool. Opening hours are daily from 08h00 - 15h45. For those planning a stay-over there is a rest camp which offers self-catering chalets and log cabins. Activities such as abseiling, game drives and horse trails can be arranged.
There is also an Animal Crèche and the Reserve features various species of buck, hippos, ostriches, cheetahs, lions, crocodiles and more. The reserve has an observatory and full details of events and pricing are available at the web site.
Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is home to the Wonder Cave which is estimated to be 1.5 million years old and reaches a depth of about 60m. The cave is accessible by elevator and includes a number of stalactite and stalagmite formations. The reserve is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Cradle of Humankind".
Johannesburg Zoo dates from 1904 and occupies an area of land that covers approximately 54 hectares (130 acres). This land was originally donated to the city by a company called H. Eckstein & Co and for many years the zoo was operated by the Town Council on behalf of the people of the city. Today it is operated as a non profit making organisation.
Johannesburg Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of animals and contains over 2,000 different animals from around 365 species. Amongst its most notable animals are White Lions and Siberian Tigers and it is one of only a handful of zoos in the world that has successfully bred both of these endangered cats. Perhaps its most famous resident however is “Max the Gorilla”.
Facilities available include 4 food kiosks and 6 separate toilet blocks. Zoo buggies can be hired to transport visitors with reduced mobility around the park.
The zoo is open daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm with extended opening hours during certain periods. Full details of the operating hours and admission prices are available on the website.
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