The Sheltering Desert


“Forty years have passed since I, my friend Hermann and the dog Otto sought the shelter of the desert in order to escape the madness of the Second World War.” Thus begins an extraordinary tale of survival in as harsh an environment as any human could live. “The Sheltering Desert” written by German geologist Henno Martin is an autobiographical account of the two and a half years during the war when he, his friend Hermann Korn, and the dog Otto hid in the badlands of the Kuiseb to escape interment.

It is a moving tale of indescribable physical and mental hardship, of the struggle to survive this unforgiving desert and the ever present threat of detection.

Image right: Namib Desert Safari route through the Kuiseb Canyon - arrow indicating the "Sheltering Desert" cave.