The Elfin Trail is an immersive, high fantasy-themed audio walking experience through the most beautiful and least-known forests and glades in Cape Town. Using smartphone GPS to trigger downloaded audio automatically, the listener is guided along a shady two-hour stroll through the greenbelts of Constantia, along the way hearing timeless stories, original music and natural sound effects relevant to what they're seeing and hearing around them. Listeners rediscover the magic of lost childhood fairytales and meet elves, dragons, goblins, gnomes, fairies, centaurs, dryads and more along the way. This captivating new outdoor storytelling experience is an enchanting, imaginative take on folklore, audio drama and the world-class natural surroundings in one of Earth's favourite cities.
🍀 The Elfin Trail Teaser (video, 1 min) 🍀 https://smarturl.it/elfin
Written and adapted by John Bartmann (https://johnbartmann.com)
Narrated by Amy Sutton (twitter.com/AmySuttonActor)
Audio recording by Terome McNally (thesagaoftheeuropeanking.bandcamp.com)
Music by John Bartmann and Nic Paton (nicpaton.com)
Additional music by Amy Sutton, Callan Wolff, Ruby Paton
Additional FX by Terome McNally, Stephen Timm
Assistance by Yvandi Lubbe
Artwork by Alex van der Linde (alexvanderlinde.nl)
Download the original soundtrack for The Elfin Trail
The Alphen Trail, The Diep River Trail, The Klaasenbosch Trail, The Secret Dell, Hohenort Stables
The parking lot at the entrance to the Cecelia Forest is at the intersection of Rhodes Drive and Hohenort Avenue in Constantia. Cars are usually guarded by a volunteer staff member and a recommended donation of R10 is advised.
Places to stop along the way:
There are two picnic spots along the way. A litre of water and some snacks are recommended.
Best time of day:
Three hours before sunset is the recommended time of day, but the route can be enjoyed during any daytime hours.
This trail is child-friendly and there is very little to worry about. Just keep your eyes open, as always. Be especially careful when crossing the two well-announced major roads en route. Take precautions during hayfever season and wear a good pair of shoes. The route is about 60% shaded.
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