African markets

Uber crosses the milestone of one million trips in its African markets

Uber has announced that it has completed 1 billion trips in all its markets in Africa. This feat translates to more than 10 billion kilometers in terms of distance covered.

The milestone comes nearly a decade after the mobility technology company set up shop on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa. It has since established a presence in seven other African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Côte d’Ivoire.

Uber has expanded to more than 30 cities in its core markets over the past year: 21 in South Africa, four cities in Kenya and Nigeria, and two in Ghana.

The company’s growth has also included the expansion of Uber Eats, its food delivery arm, into a few South African cities and Nairobi, Kenya. Uber Eats was launched in 2016 in South Africa with just 1,000 restaurants. Today, it serves over 8,000 merchants in 36 cities in South Africa and Kenya.

The company’s statement also highlighted that Uber and Uber Eats have collectively reached more than 30 million passengers and consumers in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2017, the company’s services reached less than 2 million passengers.

Lorraine Onduru, Uber’s Head of Communications for East and West Africa, said: “Since entering the market in 2013, we have created more than 6 million economic opportunities in more than 50 cities in sub-Saharan Africa where we are present.

Other highlights of the report include;

  • The most popular time users request Uber rides is 2:00 p.m.
  • The most popular day for Uber ride requests is Friday.
  • The most popular drop-off destination is OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
  • The most popular transportation option is UberX (from a list that includes Uber Go, Uber Moto, Uber Boda, and Uber Poa).
  • The average trip time recorded on Uber is 24 minutes, and the longest trip recorded was over 492 km.