The 20 Tallest Buildings in Africa as of 2021

Ever wondered which is the tallest building in Africa? I have an I did a research on it and wrote this article. As a girl, I am fascinated by skyscrapers, and here is my list of the tallest buildings in Africa.

I will rank the tallest buildings in Africa according to the number of floors they have and by height as well.

Let’s get started…

Which is the tallest building in Africa?

The following lists some of the tallest buildings in Africa:

1. The Leonardo

Currently, the tallest building in Africa is The Leonardo in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is 234m (768 ft) high, and it has 55 floors. The Leonardo was completed in 2019, and currently, it is a mixed-use building.

The building includes street-level shops and an above-ground podium, where a swimming pool, restaurant, and several other facilities are located. The public use of these amenities can be booked through Legacy Hotels & Resorts.

2. Carlton Centre

Another tall building located in South Africa is The Carlton Centre. It is located in Johannesburg, South Africa, and it has a height of 223m (732 ft). It has an impressive 50 Floors.

This building has been the tallest in Africa for a long time since it was completed in 1973, only to be surpassed in 2019 by The Leonardo.

The skyscraper is used as a shopping center located in the center of Johannesburg, South Africa. It houses both offices and shops.

3. Britam Tower

Britam Tower is a commercial skyscraper located in Upper Hill, Nairobi, Kenya, and it has more than 31 stories. It’s 200.1m (656 ft) high and was completed in 2017, overtaking several buildings to become the tallest building in Kenya.

This 3rd tallest building in Africa became the first building located in Africa ever to be feted in the Emporis Skyscraper Awards in 2018.

The skyscraper is the headquarters of Britam and is used for office spaces and a 12 story car park that can park up to 1,000 cars.

4. Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Headquarters

The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Headquarters is a skyscraper in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After the structure’s completion, it became the tallest building and served as home for many state-owned institutions like The Central Statistics Bureau and Ethiopian Statistical Institute, among others.

The building was completed in 2021 and had 48 floors standing at 198 meters (650 feet).

5. Cairo Tower

A free-standing concrete tower in Cairo, Egypt. At 187 meters (614 ft) tall, the Cairo Tower is not only one of Egypt’s tallest structures but also North Africa’s tallest building!

A few other Notes about this famous landmark: -Construction on it began back in 1956 and was completed five years later.

6. Ponte City Apartments

Ponte City is more than just a simple skyscraper; it’s also an icon. The building stood 173 meters tall and was built in 1975 to be the tallest residential structure in Africa, with 55 floors of living space for those who live there! With its cylindrical form giving way to open spaces at ground level where sunlight shines through windows all along each side, this modern wonder does have something special about it: A sense of place that makes you feel like home without even having set foot inside yet.

7. UAP Tower

UAP Old Mutual Tower is a 33-story office complex in the Upper Hill neighborhood of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya. It became the tallest structure in Kenya upon its completion in 2015, surpassing Times Tower, which had held that record for 15 years.

8. NECOM House

The NECOM House is a skyscraper in Lagos. This 32-story building was completed back in 1979, and it houses the headquarters of NITEL. The communications spire at its peak serves as a lighthouse beacon for passing ships traveling through these rough waters; this also makes up one side of its aesthetic appeal with light shining down from above like some divine blessing upon our city streets below!

9. Tanzania Ports Authority HQ

Tanzanian Ports Authority Headquarter’s new 40-story skyscraper is a proud symbol of Tanzania’s economic growth.

10. PSPF Towers – Tower A

PSPF Commercial Towers A is a 35-story skyscraper in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

11. PSPF Towers – Tower B

PSPF Commercial Towers B is a 35-story skyscraper in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

12. Marble Towers

The Marble Towers is a skyscraper in the Central Business District of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was built in 1973 and is 32 stories tall. The building has an eight-story parking garage attached to it. The structure is made out of a mixture of concrete and marble. The tower is in use as commercial offices.

13. Pearl Dawn

Pearl Dawn is a skyscraper in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal. The 31st story was completed in 2008. It is designed in a futurist style. It is the 5th tallest building in South Africa.

14. South African Reserve Bank Building

South African Reserve Bank Building is a 38-story skyscraper in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa/ THE HEAD OFFICE of the South African Reserve Bank on the north side of Church Square, Pretoria, has three frontages, towards the Square, the Palace of Justice, and the Pretoria Club respectively

15. 88 on Field

88 on Field is a skyscraper in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was built in 1985, has 26 floors, and is 147 meters (482 feet) tall

16. MNF Square

MNF Square I is a 30-story skyscraper in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The 30-story building is a cooperative project of CRCEG, MNF, and … has a total construction area of 63,000 square meters.

17. MNF Square II

MNF Square II is a 30-story skyscraper in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The 30-story building is a cooperative project of CRCEG, MNF, and … has a total construction area of 63,000 square meters.

18. IMOB Business Tower

Imob Business Tower is an office tower. A business of the highest standard that comes with the innovative concept of intelligent building.

The 35-story skyscraper is located in Luanda, Angola.

19. Burj Bulaya Office Tower 1

Burj Bulaya Office Tower 1 is an impressive skyscraper found in Tripoli, Libya, completed in 2007. Stands at 144 meters tall with a roof height up to 487 feet. The building features 34 floors for your business needs!

Tallest Building in Africa FAQ

Here are some of the frequently asked questions on the tallest buildings in Africa.

What is the tallest building in South Africa?

From the article, you can see that the tallest building in South Africa is The Leonardo, which has 234m (768 ft) and 55 floors.

What is the tallest building in Kenya?

Britam Tower is the tallest building in Kenya, with 200.1m (656 ft) and 31 floors. 31 stories.

How tall is tall the tallest building in East Africa?

The tallest building in East Africa stands at 200.1 meters or 656 Feet. That is the Britam Tower located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Which city has the tallest building in Africa?

Johannesburg has the tallest buildings in Africa, with many buildings that are 150 meters or higher.

Anne Katana
I am from the Kenyan Coast and currently in Nairobi. I studied history, and now I do blogging for a living. I like to share my passion for Kenya and my experiences with other people in Kenya and abroad. So welcome to Nasonga (I am Moving).



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