Our Team

We pride ourselves on the experience and skill of all our team members, which is the reason why you can rest assured that you are in great hands when planning trips for your guests. With our combined experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for our great continent, you have come to the right place – our home at Kusa Africa, a new dawn in African travel!

Graeme Watson

Founder and Director

Graeme started Kusa Africa Travel Services with the goal of bringing together some of the top minds of the Southern African tourism business. Having worked in the travel industry for over 13 years, his expertise lie in the UK, USA, Irish and Scandinavian outbound markets to Africa.

Graeme has sat on the Board of Directors of SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association), and is currently on the committee of the KZN Chapter of SATSA. Prior to moving to the USA in 2011 where he spent two years working promoting travel to Africa, Graeme was running his own travel business in the United Kingdom.

Graeme is immensely proud and passionate about the future of Kusa Africa, seeing it as the place where some of the best minds in the travel industry can rise up and thrive, creating lasting memories for many travellers from around the world.

Kevin Watson

Chief Prosperity Officer

Kevin is the Head of Finance here at Kusa Africa, and is an executive level professional with 30 years experience having done business in close to 20 countries. As a young finance head of a JSE listed company back in 2006, he is well versed in fund raising, M&A and Corporate Governance. Over the past decade Kevin has been involved in the turnaround and African expansion of a financial services group spanning 16 offices in 9 countries with 250 staff. He is a Chartered Accountant, has an MBA and is a Certified Director. He holds various Non Executive positions where he believes he can add value, and we are proud to welcome him to Kusa Africa!

Janita Karshan

Chief Inspiration Officer

Janita has worked with some of the Kusa Africa team for many years, and has incredible knowledge of Southern Africa. She is a positive and hardworking member of our team and the tourism industry as a whole, and is excellent in working with others to achieve our objectives on time and with excellence.

Mellissa Williams

General Manager of Possibilities

Mellissa is a truly born and bred South African with extensive knowledge of the country and passion for it.  Having lived in various SA provinces and with 20 years experience in the industry, Mellissa is well equipped to design bespoke itineraries for travellers across the board. Making a client’s dream vacation become a reality is what drives Mellissa and brings her great fulfilment.

Sissel Taylor

Business Development Manager – Scandinavia

Sissel is originally from Norway and has been in the tourism industry for more than 30 years.  She has worked for several years in travel agencies in Norway and as an air hostess before she came to South Africa.  Sissel has lived in Eritrea, Lesotho and now in South Africa since 2009.  Sissel knows the Scandinavian travel market very well. She has travelled a lot all over southern Africa and is very passionate about this beautiful part of the world.  Sissel always says “I am not born in Africa, but Africa was born in me. I am bitten by the “African Bug”.  Kusa Africa Travel Services is very happy to have Sissel working as part of our team of industry experts.

Tony Flynn

Business Development Manager – Ireland (ROI) and North America

Tony is a stalwart of the Irish travel industry! Tony’s passion for South Africa and KZN in particular made it a very easy decision to appoint Tony as the Business Development Manager for the Republic of Ireland and the USA for Kusa Africa Travel Services. Tony has worked in many different roles in the travel industry, and his experience and dedication to Africa is an asset to our company.

Paul Rikhotso

Experience Designer

Paul describes himself as an enthusiastic team player who combines analytical yet rational ability and skill to deliver sound and sensible good work. He is also a highly motivated and focused individual who thrives in delivering a credible and focused attitude to any challenge. Paul is a dedicated professional with good interpersonal skills, with the drive to succeed in everything that he does. His motto is, get it right, on time.

Caiti Cheesman

Experience Designer

Caiti has worked on the ground in luxury safari lodges for 5 years, ranging from being a field guide to Lodge Management. Starting as a Trainee Ranger at Kwandwe, (Eastern Cape), Ngala Private Game Reserve, (Privately owned concession in the Kruger National Park), and then Phinda Private Game Reserve (Zululand), Caiti has a passion for the African bush and all the magic that it has to offer. Being an avid “self-sustainable” camper herself, Caiti has a passion for exploring the wilder side of Africa and sharing it with other adventure seekers.

If you are interested in being a part of the Kusa Africa team, please contact Graeme.