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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