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

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

This sanctuary in Lake Victoria is home to around 50 orphaned chimps that have been rescued from elsewhere in Uganda and are being rehabilitated as much as possible on this thickly forested island. Day trips to see the residents are superb.

Located 23km southeast of Entebbe in Lake…

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

This fabulous national park is on nearly all itineraries, and while you’ll never be far from other safari groups, you’re guaranteed to see a large range of wildlife, potentially including giraffes, lions, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and elephants. The famous tree-climbing lions in the remote Ishasha sector of the park…

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Uganda

Uganda is a highlights reel of the African landscape. With its dense, misty forests, snow-peaked mountains, glassy lakes and sprawling savannas, it is no wonder Winston Churchill dubbed this the “pearl of Africa”. With a tapestry of landscapes, excellent wildlife watching and welcoming locals, Uganda packs a lot into one…

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Kidepo Valley National Park

Offering some of the most stunning scenery of any protected area in Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park is hidden away in a lost valley in the extreme northeast of Uganda. The rolling, short-grass savannah of the 1442-sq-km national park is ringed by mountains and cut by rocky ridges. Kidepo is…

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Top of the Falls – Murchison Falls National Park

Once described as the most spectacular thing to happen to the Nile along its 6700km length, the 50m wide Victoria Nile is squeezed here through a 6m gap in the rock and crashes through this narrow gorge with unbelievable power. The 45m waterfall was featured in the Katharine Hepburn and…

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Home to almost half the world’s surviving mountain gorillas, the World Heritage–listed Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of East Africa’s most famous national parks. Set over 331 sq km of improbably steep mountain rainforest, the park is home to an estimated 340 gorillas: undoubtedly Uganda’s biggest tourist drawcard….

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Zimbabwe

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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