My 10 Favorite Shots of the Joburg Skyline

This morning, I woke up thinking about the Joburg skyline.

Johannesburg has one of the most beautiful city skylines in the world, and I’ve photographed it dozens of times from many different angles. But as far as I can remember, I’ve never written a post specifically about the skyline. So this morning I went straight to my computer, browsed through the archives and picked out 10 of my favorite Joburg skyline shots. Here they are.

Joburg skyline from the roof of the Carlton Centre1) Downtown Johannesburg at sunrise, viewed from the roof of the Carlton Centre, the tallest building on Africa. (2015)

Joburg Skyline from Situation East2) Just after sunset from the top of Situation East, a building on Fox Street in Maboneng. (2014)

Hillbrow from the top of Ponte City3) Nightfall from the 51st floor of Ponte City. (2016)

Joburg skyline from Joker in the Pack4) Another shot from Maboneng, just above the Living Room at what is now an amazing AirBnB. (2012)

 Joburg skyline and Mandela from Hallmark House
5) This is kind of an unconventional skyline shot but I felt compelled to include it nonetheless. It was shot from Hallmark House, just off Joe Slovo Drive. The Nelson Mandela mural was painted by Freddie Sam. (2015)

Joburg skyline from Hallmark House6) Another shot from Hallmark House, looking west instead of east. (2015)

Joburg skyline from Orion Braamfontein7) Joburg’s night sky shot from the top of the Orion Building in Braamfontein. (2011)

Joburg skyline from Artisan Lofts8) Another shot from Maboneng, this one from the Artisan Lofts condo building on Albertina Sisulu Street. The zebra-striped roof in the foreground is the legendary Zebra Inn. (2013)

Joburg skyline from Yeoville Ridge9) I think Yeoville Ridge is my favorite place in town for photographing the Joburg skyline. This particular photo is a panoramic shot taken with my iPhone. (2014)

Joburg skyline from Lister building10) Sunset from the top of the Lister Building, which is right in the center of town on Lilian Ngoyi Street (formerly Jeppe Street). I love the chaotic feel of the city in this shot. (2013)

Bonus Shot

It was too hard to choose just ten. Here is my favorite Joburg skyline shot of all, taken from the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre at sunset.

Joburg skyline from Carlton at sunsetHazy Blue Hour. (2012)

I took most of these pictures from buildings and rooftops in the city center. But there are also some great parks and other spots in the suburbs to shoot the Joburg skyline. The Melville Koppies, James and Ethel Gray Park, and the Wilds are some of my favorites.

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28 Comments

  • Reply Mfanafuthi April 21, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Troyville facing Johannesburg Stadium is also very scenic

    • Reply 2summers April 21, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Yes! I also love that view.

  • Reply Gail Scott Wilson April 21, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Stunning! My favourite spot must be Langermann Kop in Kensington, just so sad that it is not a very safe place to go. Carlton a very close second.

    • Reply 2summers April 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      I’m ashamed to admit this but I’ve never been to Langermann Kop.

  • Reply Jaina April 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Shot #5 is fantastic – I like that it’s totally different from the other skyline shots. And the artwork is featured so beautifully.

    You’ve done a fab job of highlighting just how varied the Joburg skyline can be. Every single one of these are beautiful photos.

    • Reply 2summers April 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks so much, Jaina. Downtown Joburg is surrounded by hills, which creates tons of great, different views of the skyline. It’s one the coolest things about the city.

      • Reply Jaina April 21, 2016 at 4:15 pm

        What I wouldn’t give for a hill with a view. Everything is so flat in Bahrain!

  • Reply Eugenia A Parrish April 21, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Joburg definitely is beautiful in your pictures. By that, I mean the love and expertise you put to taking the shots is most of it. I have a feeling you would be able to take “beautiful” shots of just about any city, since they are all fascinating in their own way.

    • Reply 2summers April 21, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Aw, thanks so much! I can’t imagine a better compliment.

  • Reply autumnashbough April 21, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Just gorgeous, especially the sunset ones. Although I kind of like the murals, which are so unusual.

    • Reply 2summers April 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Thanks Autumn 🙂

  • Reply Sine April 22, 2016 at 12:40 am

    loved this! The last one is also my favorite, or the last location I should say. My son went on a class trip to the Carlton Centre once with his school, and since I hadn’t been there, I compelled him to not come back without a picture. The picture he took is now the background image on my computer – I never changed it!

    • Reply 2summers April 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Thanks Sine. I love that view too.

  • Reply Anita April 22, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Love no 9 from Yeoville Ridge. Is that place safe-ish to go to with a proper camera?

    • Reply 2summers April 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Thanks! It’s ok as long as you go with a group.

  • Reply tenneymason April 22, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Impressive series

  • Reply Lani April 23, 2016 at 5:58 am

    They look lovely, but the pics are quite small (or smaller than usual) on Firefox. Did you change your formatting?

    • Reply 2summers April 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Oh, weird! I’m trying to think if I’ve done anything differently…This post is the first time it’s happened?

      • Reply Lani April 23, 2016 at 9:29 am

        Yes. It looks fine in Chrome. Went back thru Firefox but by your homepage and its fine. Maybe it was WP reader.

        • Reply 2summers April 23, 2016 at 9:36 am

          Hmm, ok thanks. I’ll check this out when I’m home. I used to be a Firefox user too but haven’t checked it in ages.

  • Reply WeezaFish April 25, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Makes me miss Jozi so much! Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Theresa McDonald April 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Lovely, thanks so much!

    • Reply 2summers April 28, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      My pleasure.

  • Reply UnderAnAfricanSun April 30, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I always love your skyline shots and to have all these here together in one post is a real treat !

    • Reply 2summers May 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Reply Pendown (@manjulika5) July 13, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Wow… lovely shots!

    • Reply 2summers July 14, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks!

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