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My name is Melissa Ridley, but everyone calls me Mel.
Welcome to my Leisure Travel Web Page. I would love to be your go-to person for all your travel needs. If you can dream it, I can create it.
I am based in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg (South Africa). I am available for every person who has the desire to travel.
Although I am in Sunny South Africa I can assist you no matter where you are in the world; I am only a phone call away, or you can pop me an email – all my details can be found on my web page.
A bit about... MEL
“TRAVEL MAKES YOU HAPPY”
I have been back in the Travel Industry for 10 years; for 5 of these 10 years, I have been running my own Travel Wholesale Company. I have been in the travel industry since 2003. During my career, I have serviced Leisure, Corporate as well as Group travellers. I am now running my own one-stop travel franchise business through Travel Counsellors.
I have achieved many awards and had the opportunity to travel extensively. I have travelled locally and internationally. My first love is Local because “Local is Lekker”.
My favourite place in the whole world would be Morgan Bay in the Eastern Cape. It is totally unspoilt and offers a real R&R experience. I have travelled to Las Vegas, Atlanta, Mozambique, Mauritius, Seychelles and to loads of places within South Africa.
I truly love what I do, and I offer a very personal travel service.
My #1 priority is you and your travel needs!
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
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Beyond the Horizon..... We will have the opportunity to discover more and rediscover what we have already discovered.. Travel is good for your soul.
I hope you enjoyed reliving travel memories as you watched our film, when our world opens again I’ll be here for you for all your travel needs..
In South Africa we are truly blessed with our beautiful animals... My Video speaks louder than words
Let's travel - South Africa is waiting for you. I am a phone call away for all your travel requirements.. Discover South Africa again :)
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
27 January 2021
If you looking for unique luxury accommodation then look no further than at Ammazulu African Palace, this could be the place for you. It is situated on the edge of the Kloof Gorge and Krantzkloof Nature Reserve in KZN. It is a truly spectacular boutique hotel that is perfect for you to relax and unwind in. Experience a special stay in the elaborately crafted and decorated walkways, halls and bedrooms that have been created through detailed beadwork as well as African art, artefacts and statues, specifically highlighting the Zulu Culture. You can pamper yourself in their sauna or steam room...
01 January 2021
Heaven is a place on earth... One place is Morgan Bay. It is a little slice of heaven… Situated about 1 hour and 10 minutes from East London and it has a little bit of everything for everyone… With an endless stretch of beach and awe-inspiring “Krans” which is great for sundowners after a day of beaching and exploring. If you are just looking at chillaxing, hiking, fishing, exploring, eating, Bird Watching or are an adrenaline junky then Morgan Bay has it all. There are 2 hotels in Morgan Bay… The Mitford Hotel and the Morgan Bay Hotel....
18 November 2020
I recently went to The Northcliff Boutique Hotel for a breakfast meeting. This hotel is set on the Northcliff Hill. I was blown away by the mesmerizing views of Northern Johannesburg and the surrounds. If you are looking for an intimate venue for a business lunch or private function, then The Northcliff Boutique Hotel could be the place for you. They have an amazing Restaurant that can catering for any function that will be truly memorable for your guests. They have a Bar / Lounge area and pool deck where your guests can grab a refreshing beverage...
Sent in by Chanel Peacock
Gauteng, 05 August 2022
Melissa Ridley is fantastic, extemely efficient and very quick to respond to queries. I would highly recommend her to any of my friends or family.
Sent in by Hendrik Venter
Port Elizabeth, 06 July 2022
Melissa's Service is 10 out of 10!
Sent in by Gill Fulcher
Jukskei Park, 05 July 2022
You are the best! If I were to give you a score out of 10, you get 10!
Sent in by Anneke Leroux
Gauteng, 20 June 2022
I have never experienced service like this, just one word! Amazing! Thank you, Melissa! You are incredible.
Sent in by Gillian Habermann
Berlin, 06 June 2022
Melissa is super efficient. She is 100% committed to client satisfaction.
Sent in by Kelly Liddiard
Gauteng, 30 May 2022
Melissa was extremely helpful with the full arrangements of our trip. It was planned and executed promptly and professionally. Thank you Mel, for the amazing anniversary surprise that was set up in our room too!
Sent in by Johanna Nieuwoudt
Cape Town, 30 March 2022
Excellent service Thanks Melissa
Sent in by Vivienne Prohn
Jukskei Park, 29 March 2022
Between a busy job and busy children we really needed to get away for a bit. The problem is finding the time to research where to go for the best price. I hate admin. I decided to give Melissa Ridley a try. What fabulous service. I provided her with our preferences and kind of experience we were looking for and our budget. She didn't disappoint and very quickly had us booked in for a fabulous family weekend away. We had a wonderful time. Thank you, Melissa! I highly recommend her travel services.
Sent in by Karen Davis
United Kingdom, 11 February 2022
Amazing service, very helpful. I will definitely be using Melissa again and will recommend her to friends and family
Sent in by Hendus Venter
Dubai, 17 January 2022
Melissa made our business her business. It's all personal. Proud by association. Try her out she is highly recommended!
Sent in by Keeley Da Conceicao
United Kingdom, 11 January 2022
Melissa put everything in place for me during these crazy times and helped me through all the changes taking place! I could not have done this without her help so the hugest thank you!
Sent in by Craig Young
Gauteng, 06 December 2021
I had to make urgent changes to my flights to get back from Harare to see my sons first swimming gala. Mel reacted quickly and booked me the next flight out. She also went the extra mile to check me in to the flight and got me a exit row seat. Just brilliant personal service. Great to have someone like Mel looking after me when I am travelling.....
Sent in by Maria Loupeli
United Kingdom, 02 December 2021
Melissa was very helpful and she went out of her way to accommodate me whilst understanding my needs. Excellent!
Sent in by Silindile Sithole
Gauteng, 24 November 2021
Mel is very helpful and reliable 10 out of 10
Sent in by Colleen Ackermann Ackermann
Gauteng, 02 November 2021
Melissa is a wonderful person to deal with. She has gone out of her way to make sure everything is in place. We are looking forward to our cruise.
Sent in by Sue-Anne Edwards
Gauteng, 15 October 2021
Sent in by Anneline Nieuwoudt
Toronto Canada, 15 October 2021
Excellent service! Very happy! Will definitely recommend.
Sent in by Ronel Steyn
Juksei Park, Johannesburg, 20 September 2021
A huge shout out to Melissa Ridley, who made my visit to see my kids in Ireland stress-free and amazing! I am not the easiest traveller to work with, especially since I grabbed the first opportunity to travel internationally. Thank you for your patience and understanding, Melissa. All your recommendations around documentation and vaccine requirements were spot on, even when these changed almost daily. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Sent in by Marnelle Venter
Cairo, 07 September 2021
Melissa, thank you so much for arranging Liné's tickets and quarantine hotel. On a day that I just could not deal with any more arrangements, you made my life so much easier. I would recommend you to anyone that asks and also to those who don't ask.
Sent in by Hendus Venter
Cairo, 02 September 2021
Super service, Melissa Ridley Travel Counsellor, South Africa. Highly recommended to all. Very knowledgeable, professional and always available and in touch. The fact you offer a Travel app with all documents digital, a bonus in these paper crazy times! Keep it up.
Sent in by Lerine Van Aswegen
Windhoek, 23 August 2021
She is wonderful. Available 24/7 and double checks everything. I already recommended her to my family and friends that are going to come visit us.
Sent in by Beverley Bailey
Napier, Western Cape, 13 August 2021
Mel was fantastic. She offered a fast & efficient and caring service. She always kept us informed and up to date with our bookings. Travel has become quite complicated with quarantines, rules and the likes. So, we were happy to leave all that to Mel to sort out for us, which she did brilliantly. My flights, first with Airlink to Joburg were painless, efficient and a pleasure. Then with Virgin Atlantic to the UK was such a pleasure going direct, it took away all the pain of having to stop over somewhere and wait for a connecting flight... I really appreciated that! The 3-hour wait at Heathrow before we could get on the bus was a bit tiresome but the quarantine hotel was great, good food (more than generous), the menu choice is also good, room very comfortable and clean. Security is friendly and efficient. Thanks Mel.
Sent in by Cecil Barnes
Windoek, 28 July 2021
Only the best travel assistance you can get
Sent in by Gillian Habermann
Gauteng, 09 July 2021
No matter the time or the day, 07h00, or Saturday; Mel was available to answer any questions, and look at options for me. Superb service!!
Sent in by Maria Assunta Tilli
London, 01 July 2021
Angels appear in various forms. When starting to plan my trip, the feeling was overwhelming and causing much anxiety. Within a few hours of contacting my travel angel, Melissa from Travel Counsellors, she put me at ease, plus her price was the Best. Melissa is highly recommended!
Sent in by Mark Simons
Johannesburg, 28 June 2021
She is the best travel agent, she always takes care and makes the booking process simple.
Sent in by Shu Chun Hsu
Gauteng, 24 May 2021
Melissa is wonderful - she's patient and thorough and listened to all our requests carefully, making sure we received everything we wanted in our quotation and booking. We can't wait to go on our holiday!
Sent in by Annelize Winkler
Johannesburg , 10 May 2021
Mel makes traveling easy! She listens to your exact needs and finds the best options to choose from. She is reliable, friendly, professional and 'holds your hand' (from a distance) throughout your entire travel. I am recommending her with a satisfied and happy heart!!
Sent in by Karen Coetzee
Johannesburg, 08 February 2021
Melissa is a breath of fresh air. We never have to worry about our travel arrangements any longer. She has lightened our load. She provides us with various quotations to ensure our comfort whilst offering the best price. She is with us right from the start of our enquiry until the point of check-in to ensure that our travel is a smooth process. Utilize Melissa’s travel service, you won't be sorry!
With independent access to hundreds of travel suppliers around the world, I can pick out exceptional offers with amazing added value. Take a look through my latest selections – but even if nothing catches your eye, let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll do my best to find it for you!
Contact me on 078 869 4062