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Nairobi, Your Uberx is arriving now!

January 21, 2015 / Kenya

Nairobi, the “Green City in the Sun” is East Africa’s economic powerhouse. Locals tear into meat in restaurants squeezed between car parks and casinos, or overlooking the misty green hills that fall into the Great Rift Valley on the edge of the city. Families explore the city park, where giraffes contend with high-rises to fill the skyline.

Nairobi is also a city of huge aspiration: lunchtime botox sessions, Imax cinemas and city spas contrast with flamboyant street sellers who hawk roast corn and sugar cane. The city has it all, but as of today, it has one more feather in its cap, it has Uber!

Nairobi now has a safe, reliable and convenient transportation option. And it’s no wonder that Sharon Mundia – an award winning fashion & lifestyle blogger, columnist at Capital FM Lifestyle, and the face of Samsung Kenya’s new A Series phones decided to open up her Uber app, request her first Uber ride (and the first in all of Kenya!) and within minutes her uberX delivered her safely from her home to a business meeting in trendy Westlands.

 

Later in the day, tech heavyweights Mbugua Njihia (a self-confessed child of Africa but citizen of the world) and Harry Hare (a serial entrepreneur with a passion for publishing & development) also decided to push the button and get a ride to their next power lunch downtown.

What is uberX?

For those who don’t know, uberX is our low-cost alternative to move you around Nairobi in a safe, cheap and reliable way. Our uberX platform is already available in many African cities, such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Lagos, Cairo, and now it has arrived in Nairobi!

Why is it safe?

Uber’s innovative technology means customers and partner drivers’ benefit from the following gold standard safety measures, designed to improve safety & reliability. Safety features include: Driver information, live GPS enabled map, ability for riders to give feedback, cashless transactions and all drivers are put through rigorous biometric based criminal background checks.

What does it cost?

  • Base Fare: KES100 + KES 4 per minute + KES 60 per km
  • Cancellation: KES 500
  • Minimum Fare: KES 300
  • To celebrate Uber’s launch into Nairobi all riders will get a 20% discount on their fares, for two weeks only starting today

What type of car?

  • Riders can expect uberX vehicles that are Toyota Corollas, Fielders or equivalent.

Want to try an Uber?

  • Download Uber via the App Store on iOS, Android or Windows or sign up here
  • No need for cash. Register your account with a credit card or debit card (Visa/MasterCard)
  • Drop the pin on your pick up location & track the car in real-time

Please note that during our initial phase, car availability could be limited and ETAs may be longer than usual. But don’t worry — we’re working hard to put more Ubers on the system. Try again after a few minutes and you’ll be on your way!

We’re super excited to be here, and we hope you are too! Go for a ride and let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram, shoot us an email at support.nairobi@uber.com or for more information visit https://www.uber.com/nairobi

 Love,

Team Uber Nairobi

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