I worked in Europe for four years, for a company based in Lancashire. Did a lot of Scottish climbing. By chance one night myself and two South Africans happened to rescue two guys from Penrith on the Black Cuilins. The irony of the matter is that though they were badly hypothermic and wouldn't have seen the night through, the real rescue was them saving our lives. With a lack of experience and a few shots of enthusiasm too much we were a danger to ourselves climbing the stuff we did. Long story cut short, these two guys adopted me to their club (Carlisle Mountaineering Club, see also: http://www.carlislemc.co.uk/index.php?o ... &Itemid=65
) and showed me the ropes - and opened a world of rock and ice climbing to me. We also had a club meet in the peaks district once, it rained so much we ended climbing at the Sheffield wall, in your neck of the woods.
The advice posted here is sensible, no need too be paranoid, but please don't be naive, unfortunately in South Africa one needs too look over your shoulder. It is a pity. My wife complained the other night about the same thing, she used to hike multi-day trips singular in Scotland time and again without a worry in the world, but over here that is certainly ot advisable.
I would gladly like to repay the kindness your fellow countrymen awarded me (which, simply put, was of the highest quality I've ever encountered...). As I was taught in the Scottisch school of thought, I only do trad climbing outdoors, camping out a night or two in the mountains and climbing during the days. Currently I am project engineer on a major bridge in the Eastern Cape, so I'm working nasty hours and most weekends, but you are welcome to join my wife and her friends. Mostly climb in the Stellenbosch mountains (The Jonkershoek reserve is currently closed following the recent fires but friends of ours have a farm on the foot of Stellenbosch Mountain, near Dornier wine farm, with some good grags, beautiful waterfalls and nice overnight caves).
We're planning a trip next weekend (4/5 July), you and other people interested are welcome to contact me.
Regards, and I hope you enjoy your stay in SA!