Is it a bird? Is it an Unidentified Flying Object(UFO)? No, It’s a team of adrenalin Junkies from Skydive Botswana Club jumping from an airplane.
In fact the exciting world of plummeting at least 5 000 feet to the ground for pleasure in a show jump has actually been enjoyed by this bunch of adventure addicts and dare devils for some time now in Botswana.
This small but passionate group of skydivers on a mission to popularise this sport locally are fast carving out a niche in the sporting world and people are beginning to take notice.
Following their recent recognition as a sports code by the Botswana National Sports Council, SkyDive Botswana team were among the daring sportsmen who stole the show at the Kabelano Charity Cup two weekends ago.
Four jumpers from the SkyDive Botswana team, Garai Makaya, Cyril Nfila, Mukuyana Munyaka and Mokganedi Bakgobi landed safely in the middle of the Lobatse stadium to the thunderous cheer of mesmerised soccer fans waiting for their teams to take to the field.
Speaking with The Voice soon after landing, Jump master Cyril Nfila said “ “Every jump is exhilarating and this one was no different.
My adrenalin gets pumping before every single jump although I have done this countless times already.”
Sky diving is insane and it can be dangerous although injuries are minimal but the experience apparently is totally worth it, those who have taken it as a sport would tell you.
Asked why anyone would want to take the risk of falling out of a perfectly good aircraft, Nfila said “ Because when you are up there and the aircraft doors are open the sky is no longer the limit, the ground is.
Besides sky diving is easy, anyone can fall, so why not do it.”
Meanwhile the SkyDive Botswana’s next show jump (that’s when spectators can actually see skydivers exiting the aircraft) is planned for Independence celebrations at the National stadium in Gaborone.