About

Who is Mother City Hikers?
Mother City Hikers was founded by Lauren Medcalf (Kaminskas) who wanted to combine her love of Cape Town’s natural beauty with her passion for being outdoors. Originally from the USA, she came here on a holiday in 2006, fell in love with South Africa and a South African and decided to stay for good. Cape Town has become her home away from home.

As she explored the many pathways of this urban wilderness known as Table Mountain National Park she saw a growing number of people who were either lost or totally unprepared for a day on the trails. After often offering them advice, food, sunscreen and much needed water to these unprepared visitors and seeing their thankfulness and peace of mind, Lauren realized she could combine her love of nature with the satisfaction of offering interactive and informative guided hikes around Cape Town’s mountain trails and so Mother City Hikers came to being.

Cape Town is truly one of the most amazing places on Earth. Lauren realizes the benefits of being in nature and the healthy balance it creates. She encourages people to get outside and enjoy the beauty around them.

Mother City Hikers use qualified and accredited mountain guides who have fulfilled the requirements for a Skills Program in Tourism Guiding (Adventure Guiding/Mountaineering) with electives in Mountain Walking and Overnight on Trail in the Western Cape as recognized by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in South Africa (DEAT) They are also First Aid and CPR Certified with the National First Aid Academy in South Africa.

Mission Statement
We recognize and respect the land, water, plants, animals, all people that are here now and those who came before us. It is our goal to make sure our clients have a safe, enjoyable and unforgettable experience on the mountain while reconnecting with nature and soaking up the beauty that surrounds them. We believe in minimum impact outdoor ethics where we ‘take only photographs, leave only footprints’.

Small Groups
We are a small hiking company and as such the maximum group is 6 hikers per guide. It is important for us to be able to give each person the attention they deserve so we keep it small and simple. Anyone with a sense of adventure and love of the outdoors is encouraged to join us for a day on the trail and share memories of a lifetime. Individuals, groups and families are welcome. Please inquire for bookings larger than 6 people and we will make it happen.