About Johannesburg

The Legend of the Parktown Prawn

parktown prawn

    Getting to know Joburg’s most infamous resident Say the words ‘Parktown Prawn’ in a crowded room and stand well back.  Grown men are reduced to tears, screaming, stampeding and clambering onto tabletops and assuming the foetal position.  Women shriek, faint and throw shoes, lampshades and cutlery in all directions, all the while trying to burrow through the nearest wall with their fingernails.  This is all due to the power of a simple insect. The Parktown Prawn is a giant cricket that grows to about 10cm in length.  Its colloquial name comes from the northern suburb of Parktown, around which the crickets are often found.  Although they do not actively seek out human