The Cape Town Elfin Trail with VoiceMap. #MiniMassive

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Travel Massive. – A group of us spent the afternoon in Cecilia Forest, a place I’d never been to, one that before Saturday never lived in my imaginings. Following the path into the woods as tales of rich enchantment unfolded.

Calling all Cape Town Travel Bloggers and Journalists from the local chapter and in collaboration with Voicemap, we gathered to immerse ourselves in the magic of their Elfin Trail, a high fantasy-themed audio walking experience through the city’s most beautiful and least-known forests and glades.

Using smartphone GPS to trigger downloaded audio automatically, we were guided along a shady two-hour 5km stroll through the greenbelts of Constantia, along the way hearing timeless stories, original music and natural sound effects. Sampling this new outdoor storytelling experience, we rediscovered the magic of lost childhood fairytales while meeting elves, dragons, goblins, gnomes, fairies, centaurs, dryads and more along the way.

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The start of the Cecilia Forest, which by the way, is dog friendly too. (Permit required)

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Follow the path … Into the woods. As tales of rich enchantment unfold among the prettiest wildest green stretches in the city. I believe it, magic does happen here. 

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Wise old trees as seen along the way, this one had the remains of a treehouse in it.

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Follow the signage.

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Leaves under foot …

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And in between the fairy chats and goblin spotting, foraging happened. These gorgeous wild mushrooms were collected by Anna Dumpling for her dinner.

Thank you to Iain Manley and Claire Van Den Heever and all who attended, as well as The Alphen Boutique Hotel for hosting us so generously after the walk. Also to Groot Constantia for the delicious bubbly.

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About Voicemap.

VoiceMap takes stories beyond the screen. It papers them to walls, hangs them over statues, and plants them neatly in public parks. Then, when you come along, there they are: reflections on the soul of LA, murder on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, nostalgia for the vanishing hutongs of old Beijing, and much more, by storytellers and passionate locals all over the world.

All you need is a mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. It uses your location to play audio automatically and includes offline maps. Just put on your headphones and you’re ready to explore.

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.

Highlights include The Alphen Trail, The Diep River Trail, The Klaasenbosch Trail, The Secret Dell, Hohenort Stables. How to experience The Elfin Trail in video below.

See more of the Voicemap tours at https://voicemap.me/tour/cape-town.

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