Richard Pace

Founder | Destination Specialist

Southern Sky Adventures is the brainchild of our founder, born-explorer and aptly titled “African Travel Specialist” Richard Pace. 19 years ago Richard walked away from the corporate world in Atlanta Georgia and decided to pursue his dream of exploring Africa. It took very little time to realize that the American people were deserving of an introduction to easily the most diverse, culturally rich and naturally spectacular travel destination in the world. He aspired to making African sunsets and wildlife encounters a reality for the discerning American traveler and after assisting a few friends with their travel plans, Southern Sky Adventures was born. Two decades later Richard’s enthusiasm for travel, his keen interest in local history and his love of meeting people remains the driving force behind our business and the very cement of our incredible team. With his finger still on the pulse, be assured of a truly once-in-a-lifetime, truly authentic and rich African experience.

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous” – Aristotle

Richard's Favourite Properties

Mata Mata Rest Camp

The stark, beautiful Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park offers three camps, one of which is Mata Mata on the banks of the Auob River. Surrounded by Kalahari dune bushveld, the camp has a reception, shop and fuel facilities. Also at the camp is a hide overlooking a water hole, attracting various animals…

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One Horizon Kenya

An Experience for Responsible Travellers
One Horizon is an international aid agency that hosts travellers to its centres. It conducts tours which range from 1 to 7 days where socially responsible travellers can immerse themselves in ‘giving something back’.

A variety of centres can be visited

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The Marine

Perched on the cliffs, overlooking Hermanus’ Walker Bay, The Marine boasts 40 individually decorated bedrooms and suites. This unforgettable property overlooks South Africa’s most pristine whale sanctuary offering guests the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world. From June to November guests are able to…

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Richard's Favourite Destinations


Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa — about twice the size of Pennsylvania — situated at the geographical heart of the African continent: bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by the Sudan, on the west by Congo, and on the south by Tanzania and Rwanda….

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Nicknamed “The Breadbasket of Africa”, Zimbabwe is an ideal destination for those seeking the best of all Africa has to offer. Unparalleled for its offerings of adventure travel of all sorts, Zimbabwe is truly unique and fascinating, blessed with a landscape of extraordinary beauty that has remained unspoiled by mass…

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of…

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Zambezi National Park

Zambezi National Park together with Victoria Falls National Park cover an area an enormous area and are home to a wide variety of mammals including The Big Five and sable antelope. The Zambezi River is a major attraction to the animals and tourists alike and the Victoria Falls are quite…

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Dubbed ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ due to the legendary welcome extended to all who visit, Malawi is a small country with a big heart and an even bigger range of incredible tourist activities! Lake Malawi’s vast size, its warm freshwater and its gorgeous surrounding beaches make it a mecca…

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Located between Blantyre and Mount Mulanje in what is arguably the most scenically beautiful region of Malawi, the town of Thyolo serves as the administrative capital of the Thyolo District. The area is best known for its historical tea and coffee estates some of which date back as far as…

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Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is situated at the southern tip of Lake Malombe in southern Malawi. Although Liwonde is one of Malawi’s smaller parks, it is arguably the most popular of all the game parks in the country. Malawi’s main river, the Shire, forms its western boundary and is the reserve’s…

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Cape Maclear

Located on the southern shore of Lake Malawi at the tip of the Nankumba Peninsula, Cape Maclear is a little resort town surrounded by mountains and set within Lake Malawi National Park. This town features an array of beachside bars and local restaurants in a spectacularly scenic setting of golden…

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Resting on the banks of the Lilongwe River, the sprawling, bustling city of Lilongwe serves as the capital of Malawi. It is the largest city in Malawi and is the economic and transport hub of the country. It features thriving markets, lush green spaces, and a rich cultural heritage. While…

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