In a little over a decade, Africa has witnessed the fastest growth in mobile subscribers in the world. Last year, 1.9 billion people were using smartphones, a figure that’s estimated to reach 5.6 billion by 2019. Apps are being developed left, right and centre in order to improve the daily lives of Africans. The festive season is upon us and here is a list of applications and online services that may be of great assistance.
Easy Taxi is a mobile e-hailing application available to Nairobi residents. The app allows users to book a taxi and track it in real time.
Available on Android or iOS, EasyTaxi is a sure and reliable way of transportation for commuters in Nairobi. Customers need to download the mobile application, which will identify your location through GPS. Once the your location has been recognized, you will be able to ‘Request Taxi’. The app will then scan for a taxi and assign one that is closest to your location. You can then track the taxi as it travels to your location, and you will get a notification when it arrives.
Easy Taxi is a necessary application this December holiday mostly because of the convenience. In this time of festivity instead of risking your life by drinking and driving, one can simply hail a taxi which will get you home safely.Easy Taxi is usually present at several events organised in Nairobi so its easier for you to get home.The best thing about it is that they offer discount vouchers of 300/- and if you use Easy Taxi frequently they will send you better discounts and interesting offers. Another reason to download it is because of the security of the app. All the taxi drivers that are registered on the app are verified by the company which is very thorough in their screening and training of their drivers. When you hail a cab, the details of the driver including his name, number and car registration plates are sent to you which makes it easier to identify them. This also comes in handy in case you lose any of your belongings, as you can find the driver easily. You can also rate the experience as good or bad in order to improve customer experience.
Jovago.com is an hotel booking website that facilitates the booking process for its users with an informative, reliable and user-friendly service, by listing travel destinations and providing hotel information online. The booking portal does not apply booking fees and customers have the option to choose between paying at the hotel and using the secure online payment option. Jovago will negotiate with the hotel for the customer in order to get the best rates for you. The site has over 10000 hotels and holiday homes in their database. Visit the site here and start planning your holiday today.
Once you download the Hellofood Order Food Delivery app, you can tap, choose, and enjoy your yummy meal from many restaurants in your neighbourhood. It is your one-stop food delivery service, whether you like Pizza, Burgers, Sushi, Italian, Chinese, Indian or any other cuisines. Ordering through the free hellofood app guarantees that your meal will be delivered fast, hot and tasty.
There is the option of secure mobile payment via M-PESA. The app can also store your several addresses (home, work, etc.) and saves your past orders to make it easier for them to serve you more efficiently. The price range is from as little as 150/- therefore is affordable. This app will make it easier for those who don’t want to get into the hassle of cooking large meals for visitors over the holiday season. Find the app on the Google Play Store here.
Kenya has a severe lack of qualified healthcare professionals with an average of 14 physicians for every 100,000 people. There is also a large number of fraudulent healthcare services that make it difficult for consumers to access and identity reputable, quality care. Capitalizing on the fact that 25 million Kenyans have phone subscriptions, this pocket clinic can help diagnose and monitor symptoms, advise on treatment, validate doctors, authenticate possible counterfeit drugs and, if all else fails, direct the patient to the nearest hospital.This will come in handy this December just in case anyone around you gets injured or falls sick during the festivities.
MedAfrica can be found here, by visiting via your mobile phone browser: http://www.medafrica.org/
EABL Drinks Delivery Portal
East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has launched an online drinks delivery portal for selling and home-delivering its premium brands. Consumers are able to order by calling 0704 247 247 and viewing the full list of offerings on the online platform. The company’s goal is to allow consumers to have premium and luxury spirits brands delivered to them whenever and wherever they are. There is a waiting period of two hours within Nairobi and a maximum of 48 hours outside Nairobi (60km from the Central Business District) Products on the portal have been priced at the recommended retail price and purchases above Sh 3000 will not incur any delivery costs.
For security purposes payments will be made before delivery – by mobile money transfers (both Safaricom and Airtel) or by online payment – credit or debit cards. The portal is a great way to save time and money and help you organize and plan your parties with ease and convenience.
If you’re in need of a holiday but are tired of the same usual destination spots year in year out, Magical Kenya is the app you need.
This mobile application aims to increase arrivals to the country by providing an opportunity through which the tourists find reliable information about the country, plan their trips and share their holiday experiences
Magical Kenya is an initiative of the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) and was created as a tool to provide travel information about Kenya in addition to marketing the country’s stunning tourist destinations and sites to foreign and domestic visitors.
- Informs you on just what to expect during your trip.
- Lets you know what you need to carry and saves all this information on their interactive trip planner.
- Helps you connect with local businesses, hotels and restaurants.
- Allows you to share your touring experiences through uploading videos and photos.
- Has a social forum that allows you to interact with other travelers.
Tembea Kenya Yetu
Another great travel app made in Kenya, Tembea Kenya Yetu is the perfect travel companion, helping you explore our beautiful country whether you’re preparing for your trip, already here or simply curious and want to learn more. The app gives you ideas on where to go and what to see.
Do you know of any worthwhile apps that should be on this list? Let us know!