Three words, taxi-hailing apps. In recent times, Eldoret has seen an upsurge of these, currently, there are four fully operational taxi-hailing apps within the town and more are expected to join the fray as established brands such as Little Cab and Taxify eye the once virgin market.
Regular taxi users are excited about these taxi hailing apps as they have solved some of their long standing problems with the their ‘Cab guy’.
To name a few, the prices are astronomically low. Second, they are more secure than ordinary taxi, reliable, and convenient. The list is endless.
I’ve had an opportunity to sample two of the four and I’d term my experience as pleasant. Here are the four apps plus their download links from the latest entrant to the earlier…
Wasili is the newest entrant into the Eldoret market having started operations a few weeks ago. However, not new to the business, it has been operational in Nakuru for years and has enjoyed much success in that market.
Despite being the newest in the Eldoret Market, Wasili appears to be a force to be reckoned with due to the it having the highest penetration rate. You must have spotted a Wasili Cab in your neighborhood. Currently Wasili has a 4.4 rating on Play Store
GoTeksi was launched recently in a colorful event. It has since been able to claim part of the market share and secure a position among the greats. It has a 4.2 Rating on the Play Store.
SmattCabs is another participant with high penetration. They began operation earlier in the year and have had a good run thus far. Smattcabs has a strong rating of 4.6 by 72 users. That being said, there seems to be a problem with their app. I could not go past the registration process on the app.
Nyota Ride has been in the market for some time, it pioneered the taxi-hailing app business in Eldoret. It has undergone the most transition and arguably has the more superior app than its successors. It has a rating of 4.0 on the app store.
The screenshots below are for Wasili Nyota Ride and GoTeksi from same pick up point with the destination at The Eldoret International Airport. The distance from Eldoret Town to the airport is approximately 16KM
The cost is Ksh 642.36 for 3 Passengers and Ksh 826.05 for 4 Passenger vehicle.
The cost for Nyota Ride is slightly higher for Nyota Economy at Ksh 719.20. For Nyota Choice it will cost you Ksh 769.20
For the regular taxi, you will part with at least Ksh 1000.00 from town to the Airport, the hailing apps are a huge save.
P/s We are yet to use Smattcabs app, as soon as we do so. We shall provide information on the same.