I’m sure by now you would have heard about the new service Uber, which recently launched in South Africa. Uber is your own private driver. As simple as that! And it’s awesome!
You “order” your Uber driver using the iPhone, Android or Uber Mobile website (Blackberry or any phone with a browser), and get picked up in a luxury vehicle (think C-Class Mercedes, BMW 3 Series etc), and within a couple of minutes you have your own personal driver at your door. One very important thing to note is that Uber isn’t a taxi service. Uber is your own personal driver. So if you want to head to Cape Town from Durbs, he can do that (sure it may cost you a few R’s, but it is possible)
I have used the Uber service a couple of times over the last few weeks, in both Joburg & Durban, and I can honestly say this is one of the best services I have ever used. From the guy offering you a chilled bottle of water as you get into the car, right through to the invoice being emailed to you as you leave the car, this is truly a world class service.
So, Uber has officially launched in Cape Town, Durban & Joburg in South Africa. I did a quick comparison to see what the prices are in the various cities, and to be honest they are VERY reasonable for the service offered.
Below is a quick comparison of all the prices in SA, and compared to some of the other cities around the world that Uber Black is available in
(Updated 10/1/2014 – Joburg Rates & Exchange Rates)
* JHB rate is based on either R3.90 per min OR R10.90 per km depending on speed
* DBN & CT rates are per min PLUS per KM
* Flat rate is a charge from the city Airport <-> City CBD
* 10km trip is an estimate using the Uber Fare calcultor
* $/R = R10.15 & €/R = R13.63
* Mozzie cab is a taxi service based in Durban
As you can see the rates are very reasonable and compare quite well to other services & the rest of the world.
As I mentioned above I have an awesome promo code available to any new Uber users. When signing up simply use the code – UberiGuyZA – and you will get R90 off your first uber ride, anywhere in the world ! You can also click here to sign up using the code.
Have you used Uber yet ? What are your thoughts around the service? Comment below :)