“I can’t recommend Richard Pace and Southern Sky adventures enough! He’s been travelling all over the continent of Africa for the last 12 years and specializes in an otherwise unknown and intimidating territory. I didn’t know what to expect from South Africa but my trip went off without a hitch and was the adventure of a lifetime. Richard’s easy to talk to and most likely has the answer you need. Africa is obviously his passion and he loves sharing it with others – it’s not about the money for him. His mission is to ensure his customers have the best experience possible, bottom line. In a world of false advertising, rip-offs, over-promising/underdelivery, Richard rises above all the rest. I wouldn’t even consider going anywhere in Africa without Southern Sky Adventures.”

Amy, Georgia


I would encourage anyone thinking of travelling to Africa to call Southern Sky Adventures.

Richard Pace was recommended to us by several of our friends in New York. Specializing in tailoring trips to fit your objectives, Southern Sky Adventures can, of course, can recommend destinations and “must see” areas of interest.

The great thing about Richard is that he can mix and match all sorts of accommodations and activities to meet almost any budget.  He put our entire trip together including flights, hotels, dinner reservations, wine tours, white shark dives, etc.  He knows where to stay and makes sure that your rooms are the best – facing the ocean or vineyards. He knows fantastic restaurants big and small tucked away and on main thoroughfares.  Also, he’s accessible even while you are in country – we called him several times to ask for recommendations.

As I mentioned, our bags didn’t make the connection through London to Johannesburg. Obviously on our honeymoon we were quite concerned.  What’s more we were going immediately by plane from Johannesburg to a remote area in the bush.  We called Richard in a panic, and he told us not to worry that he’d handle the whole thing.  Sure enough – he managed to get our bags out to us in the middle of nowhere.

Also, whenever we checked into hotels we ended up w/ the best suites or accommodations. In Plettenberg Bay we had the top honeymoon suite overlooking the ocean (and I can assure you that I didn’t pay for it).  In Cape Town, we “somehow” got the VIP suite overlooking the beach – this was a suite w/ an entirely separate dining room (who eats in a dining room on vacation??).  Again I didn’t pay for this upgrade.

Richard can also arrange for guides to pick you up and shuttle you around in the country if you are concerned about getting lost or simply safety.  Although we didn’t take him up on the offer, a group of girls from NY selected this option and the guide stayed w/ them for most of their trip – driving them to lunches, dinners, and day excursions.

If you are going to South Africa – you must call him before you go!

Wes, New York

I relive that trip in my mind almost daily – it was the best travel experience I’ve ever had.  Thank you for all you did to make it perfect.  Your local knowledge of the people and places definitely were a plus – you couldn’t have picked more excellent guides, trackers or lodges.  I must also add that you’re washing and folding my dirty clothes when we were in Cape Town was service above and beyond the call of duty!

Cecile, Virginia

I went to South Africa in December 2008 with three friends and truly had the trip of a lifetime.  The country is absolutely beautiful and there are so many amazing things to do from safari to whale watching to fine dining in Cape Town.  Southern Sky Adventures planned the perfect itinerary that allowed us to take advantage of all South Africa has to offer but still stayed within our budget.

Lizzie, Georgia

Our fall trip to Africa included 11 wonderful and diverse individuals for four venues, over a two week period.   How can this many people enjoy themselves so much for this extended period of time?  The answer is Richard Pace!  You worked diligently to anticipate our every need, and continued to work even as we slept.  Few have ever experienced a worry-free vacation such as this one and today, I am one of those few.  Your services allowed us to experience all and more that Africa has to offer, and none of the challenges.  Thank you Richard, you earned this one!

Louise, Georgia

I had been looking forward to a trip to South Africa for many years, knowing how special it would be.  It was all that and more because of Richard Pace and Southern Sky Adventures.  His choiceof accommodations, destinations and tours were perfect.  Everywhere we went was superb and each destination showed a different view of South Africa.  Every detail had been seen to and throughout the trip we were met with great hospitality, great attitudes and once in a lifetime experiences.”

Susan, North Carolina

Southern Sky Adventures did a great job helping us to plan our trip to Africa.  They covered all of the details—everything from flights and accommodations to safari essentials to in-country cell phone service to restaurant and activity recommendations.  Richard even managed to make suggestions on how four women should not over pack…though we did not listen to those!  We had an incredible time—I’m ready to go back!

Susan, New York

Thanks for helping us put together such an amazing girl’s trip to South Africa.  We couldn’t have asked for a more well-planned adventure.  Your guidance, itinerary recommendations, and hard work in arranging the details definitely helped to make this “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” a truly incredible experience for all.  Between the 4 of us, I think we have over a thousand pictures!  I know it’ll be hard to narrow down, but hopefully I can find a few good ones to send your way.

I also want to thank you for being so highly accessible throughout the entire 2 weeks.  Needless to say, it was comforting to know you were only a phone call (or email) away if we needed anything.  You don’t come by this level of service that often.

Hopefully I’ll get to revisit Africa again someday.  If so, I will definitely look to you to plan my next trip.

By the way, great recommendation on Chapman’s Peak Hotel.  I’m still craving the calamari!  Wonder if they do take-out overseas?

Shirley, Georgia

Please use our name as a reference. We had a wonderful. We had a great experience and anunforgettable vacation. Everything you planned for us was flawless.

Laurie, New York