Melissa Adey

Travel Specialist

More about me

The magic of nature and her perfect balance soothes me

&Beyond found me many years ago and reeled me in with her magic. I’ve been a masseuse and yoga instructor, as well hosted guests before designing luxury safaris. I have hot air ballooned over the Serengeti, milked a cow in a Masai village, trekked to see the gorillas in Uganda, watched a cheetah coalition stroll languidly through a dry riverbed in the Timbavati, observed leopard mating, travelled to Cape Town on the renowned Blue Train, and wined and dined in the best of the best hotels and lodges our continent has to offer. I’ve explored India and Nepal, drinking in the diverse spirituality and extraordinary colours of its regions. The magic of nature and her perfect balance has soothed me, filled me with wonder and motivated me to share this with as many people as I can.

Countries visited

I’ve visited Nepal, India, Greece, Zambia, Zimbabwe, England, France, Israel, Egypt, Mozambique, Namibia, Madagascar, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Switzerland and spent 24 hours in Amsterdam.

A few things I love travelling with

I can’t travel without my credit card, cowboy boots, a good book and most importantly my son

Favourite destinations

My top three destinations are Sossusvlei, Nepal and &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Sossusvlei is a land that time forgot, a moonscape of mystery and power. Nepal’s people are full of smiles and silent spiritual connections. I love Kathmandu, the ‘melting pot of Asia’, the Monkey Temple, trekking in the mountains with villages full of colour, treasures from Tibet and prayer wheels that sing and swirl sending your dreams into the ether. &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge has two of my favourite things in abundance – elephants and HUGE trees. There is nothing more spectacular than standing under the forest canopy with an elephant striding gracefully below your treetop balcony.


I am passionate about travel and can’t wait to share the beauty of the world with you

WILDchild Yoga

Lion-size fun with animals and yoga

We all connect with nature in our own way. For some, a run in the outdoors is the perfect way to invigorate mind and body, for others a more subtle connection is preferred, like breathing in the deep shade of an ancient tree. In WILDchild TV: Yoga we offer our nature-loving wild children the mechanism to stretch like a giraffe, bend with the wind and sun themselves like lizards all in the sanctity of their own homes. This series offers a virtual connection with nature and a physical connection to our bodies through movement. Aimed at 9-14 year olds, any young person and even those just young-at-heart, can join in.

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My recent blogs

Read more to experience my exciting adventures with me

Stories to inspire

A selection of stories from the Bateleur Magazine

Leaving our world a better place

Care of the Land | Care of the Wildlife | Care of the People


Leaving our world a better place for years

Discover the impact legacy that your travel with &BEYOND is driving. Just as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have been a touchstone for our Vision 2020 group-operation sustainability audits, so they continue to guide and underpin our ambitiously scaled Vision 2030 goals.