The Elfin Trail

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    13 Apr 2016
    Clock 90min      Length3mi
    54 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    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) 🍀

    Written and adapted by John Bartmann (
    Narrated by Amy Sutton (
    Audio recording by Terome McNally (
    Music by John Bartmann and Nic Paton (
    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 (

    Download the original soundtrack for The Elfin Trail

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    The Alphen Trail, The Klaasenbosch Trail

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    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.

    Tips Tips

    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.


    Plus Write a comment


    beautiful walk but at the end of the tour you cant get back to parking area because there are fences everywhere. we found a hole in the fence and crawled underneath. was fun!!

    Posted by Jessy Lipperts , about 1 year ago

    The very first track mentioned has been converted into a cycling trail and it’s not safe to walk as cyclists come hurtling down. Couldn’t complete trail. Would appreciate a refund

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 2 years ago

    Don’t seem able to remove this comment but appreciate the feedback from the developers. Route is for cyclists and hikers. Cyclists I encountered were simply unfriendly

    /users/673 , almost 2 years ago

    Thoroughly enjoyed this walk! Thank you!! :)

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 3 years ago
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    That was great. The pauses were sometimes a bit long and I had to check I was still going the right way. Loved the stories and how they were told. Great route!!!

    Posted by Kevin Allen , almost 3 years ago

    Really recommend this walk. Enjoyed by 2 kids ages 8 and 10!

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 3 years ago

    many thanks!

    John Route Creator , over 3 years ago

    Beautiful! It truly transforms the forest into a fairyland... I am bringing my god-daughters for sure!

    Posted by Jani Verster , over 3 years ago

    Thank you Jani. Glad you enjoyed it :)

    John Route Creator , over 3 years ago

    What an amazing trail! The route is beautiful and the storytelling makes it so entertaining. It makes everything fantastical, from the ancient inhabitants of tree houses to things even as mundane as a lamp post (loved that!)

    Posted by Neil , about 4 years ago

    Thanks for joining us in the woods, Neil!

    John Route Creator , about 4 years ago

    I loved this walk and will definitely do it again. The storytelling, the music and, of course, the forest itself all add up to a delightful experience.

    Posted by Heather , about 4 years ago

    Lovely to have you, Heather!

    John Route Creator , about 4 years ago

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