Video: The time I Nearly Died in the DRC

When I started my travel YouTube channel I did so with the idea in my head that these videos were for no one but myself.  I honestly couldn’t care less if other people watched them, although I’m tickled when they do.  I just wanted to be able to look back and be reminded about how I felt those days on the road.

I get some criticism from time to time that the videos show too much of me talking and not enough of the places I’m visiting.  However, in many ways I used the video camera as my friend in Africa.  I used it as a way to get thoughts off my chest and for something to talk to. As much as these videos are for me to look back and reflect, they were also there for me when I was feeling alone, or just needing to vent.

Anyways, this video was especially emotional for me to edit now months after the incident.  I can remember how down I was in the DRC, and obviously as close to death as I was, I was about as low as you can get on the road.  Kinshasa too was incredible difficult, probably the most challenging place I’ve ever been.  Then, arriving in Lubumbashi, and later Zambia, was so euphoric and such a high.  It really did feel like I had made it.  And looking back, this was the start of my recovery.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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    • Thanks Jonathan. The GoPro is perfect for it too since you can hold it in front of your face and it is still far enough away to make it look somewhat normal 😉

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  1. crazy! im still trying to catch up with our of your Africa adventures! this video has been great I didn’t knwo you did them, will have to check some more out!

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    • 😀 Give the channel a watch! I’m in the process of catching up on everything now so there should be loads of content coming your way over the next couple of months.

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  2. I really like that you share the personal side via video. This journey obviously wasn’t all roses and I’m glad you reveal that.

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    • Thanks for watching Gaelyn. This video series was all about creating a video diary of my time there, and I’m really glad I did it.

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