Just after Leeu Gamka in the Karoo (which is around 350km north of Cape Town) I spotted a mongoose in a dry and empty container dam. Having seen me the critter tried its damndest to escape, running along the curved sides of the dam wall, and getting to about 80% of its height before falling...fairly heavily...back to earth.
"How the heck am I gonna get out of here?"
"Hmmmm....where did that ladder come from?"
The critter seemed both alert and agile, so I guessed that if I put a longish object in the dam, it would jump on and run itself out of its situation. As I set it up I noticed the tail of a second mongoose peeking out of a blocked drainage pipe at the bottom.
I then moved back to the opposite side of the dam and in a jiffy the mongoose had shimmied up the branch, jumped onto the rim and then ran along the lip of the dam for a few feet before jumping off. I assume its partner in crime followed a few moments later.