About Us

Drive Africa was founded in 1997 as the first “Rental Purchase” car buy-back and rental company in Africa. With over 2000 vehicles sold since inception it was the most successful one to date!

There were up to 60 buy back guaranteed vehicles in all categories in their fleet, from standard hatchbacks, student cars to luxury and off road vehicles.

Known for their excellent buy back service internationally, Drive Africa has today evolved into a top rated car rental brokerage specializing in short and long term rentals of cars – from finding cars for drivers under the age of 21 or vehicles that can travel through South Africa’s neighbouring countries or Luxury cars as well as fully equipped 4x4s and Campervans and Motorhomes always enjoying unlimited kilometres and no excess can be chosen. Cash car hire without the use of a credit card was also added to their portfolio and possible in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

After a thriving trade the buyback car business declined and was taken over by long term rentals after 15 years of selling cars to foreigners with a buyback guarantee, so a decision was made to end the buyback division at the end of August 2013 and sell off the fleet of cars amassed. All buybacks are now referred to our special long term car rental rates that we offer at unbeatable prices.

There is a vehicle to suit every client, the backpacker, the intern, student, business traveller, those seeking adventure or families that want to travel in and around South Africa’s neighbours with a unique cross border package offered.

Drive Africa always offers, affordable car rentals at different prices some for cash giving the renter a choice of a small excess or the renter can choose a no excess option. Quality with customer safety is the company’s priority and makes sure all cars are checked thoroughly before going out.

Driving this company is Alex Jochheim with a long established track record preceding a career in Tourism which had him marketing South Africa as a tourist destination for many years.

Alex was assistant director at the South African Tourism office in Frankfurt Germany and in total served 13 years in Europe. His final post was as South Africa’s Tourism Director for Switzerland.

Drive Africa was a member until 2013, of the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) – a benchmark of quality in the South African Tourism sector for over 10 years while the buyback division was in operation.

Any company that belongs to SATSA benefits of being “bonded” which is a financial guarantee that covers travellers against possible losses of their advance deposits or full payments paid to SATSA members facing involuntary liquidation. Our advice is that visitors from other countries should look out for this benchmark in Tourism and make use of the bonded services of SATSA members for secure holiday bookings in South Africa. This is highly recommended by Drive Africa.

Drive Africa is indexed and known throughout the world. Travel guidebooks that are well known like the ‘Lonely Planet Guide’ and the German adventure guide ‘Reise Know How’ feature information about Drive Africa’s quality of service.

Drive Africa is also Dot. Travel approved and vetted by the South Africa Tourism Business council and is an active member of the Cape Town Tourism office.

Drive Africa’s mission is to get every client the right type of car and achieve 100% satisfaction with our customer base and to always give the clients an unforgettable stay in South and Southern Africa.

Find out more about Drive Africa here.