You might be stuck in the middle of nowhere, for whatever reason, at 12 a.m. or you might just feel like swapping the luxurious comforts of Kenya’s beloved matatus for something less matatu-ish. Well, a cab might be just what you need at this point. So which cab companies in Kenya stand out for their exemplary service, professionalism, cost- competitiveness and comfort? In no particular order of ranking below are some of the companies that should be on your speed dial list:
1. Delight Cabs Ltd
With a fleet of vehicles backed by GPS Satellite, Data Dispatch and Tracking Technology, one would probably feel safer in these cabs than at one’s own home. Delight Cabs have been a call away or an online booking away 24 hours, 7 days a week since 2012. On the downside, Delight is limited to offering its services in Nairobi and its environs.
2. Jatco Taxis
Private Contracts, Corporate Accounts, Airport Drops and Pickup services, and Guided Tours are some of the services offered by Jatco within the capital city. Its fleet is linked to their head office 24 hours a day via a Radio Linked Service.
This company has been operational since 2000. Jimcab is in partnership with Toyota thus giving them access to modern and high quality vehicles. Jimcab provides personalized services to both corporates and individuals.
Operating in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa, Kenatco Taxi Service has a fleet which consists of over 150 vehicles. The company provides a wide array of vehicles, ranging from Toyota Premios to the road-trip friendly Noahs and Voxys. As a bonus, their vehicles are WiFi hotspots so getting stuck in traffic just became more fun.
5. Easy Taxi
Easy introduced a fairly new concept in Kenya whereby one gets a taxi via a smart-phone application. The app shows the potential passenger the cabs that are within their vicinity which the passenger then hails. Easy Taxi does not have its own cabs since their model is to sign up local taxi companies or individual cab drivers to their mobile platform. They operate within Nairobi and its environs. This global giant entered the Kenya market in April 2014.
This U.S based taxi-hailing company made its Kenyan debut in January 2015. Seen as a direct rival of Easy Taxi, Uber operates using basically the same model of hailing a cab which is via a smart-phone application. Their pricing is dependent on the time spent and distance covered although they recently announced a minimum cab fare of Kshs. 500. Additionally, you can use them if you need taxi airports transfer.
This list is definitely not a representative of all the Taxi companies in Kenya but when it comes to the above companies, one in need of a cab might never go wrong.