The plains of Camdeboo have long captured the imagination of those lucky enough to have seen them: today we began to understand why. Who could forget the view from the Valley of Desolation, where sheer cliffs and dolerite columns tower 120 meters over the valley below? Time seems to stand still around here—after all, this spectacle is the fruit of over 100 million years of volcanic activity and erosion. We also noticed how the landscape was changing, becoming more desert-like, more barren. We rested in Victoria West, once a popular outpost for prospectors and miners heading towards the diamond fields. We couldn’t help but feel a bit like fortune-seekers ourselves.