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Apps that will make your life in Kampala easier

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By Evelyn Masaba

You cannot fail to admit that technological advancements have led to so many improvements in the general daily activities for almost everyone in the world. When you look at living within the city years before and in this modern time, there is a huge leap. A lot can be found at a click of a mouse or even a call away instead of you moving miles for them.

One of the leading start-up hubs is Uganda, and believe it or not, techies are getting creative by the day. Lately, you will find an app for almost everything in the country. As long as you have Internet connection, these apps will make your life a little easier.

Maybe one of the newest on the market, Uber is an international transportation app owned by Uber Technologies Inc. The company joined the Ugandan market in 2016 and has been helping Ugandans acquire safe transportation options around Kampala and Entebbe at affordable prices. Uber is available on both android and iOS, and prices range from Ush5,000 to Ush80,000 — depending on the distance travelled.

Termed as the “uber of bikes,” is a transportation app for a company that came into business in 2014. The concept was to provide Ugandans with safe boda boda travel options and help reduce the many motorcycle related accidents and crime in the country. Safeboda boasts of more than 500 registered boda boda rides who are trained in first aid and adhere to traffic rules. The app is in its nascent stages and might have a few bugs here and there but it is an essential. Safeboda can be downloaded for both Android and iOS.

The word yoza can be translated to mean “wash” in Luganda. This is a laundry app that connects users to someone who can do their laundry at a price within the user’s location. Yoza App prices are categorised in packages which range from Ush100,000 for four months to Ush1,000,000 for six months. Packages specifically meet the user’s needs, be it a family or just a student. You can download the app for free on your App store.
Yoza has been profiled by international media houses such as CNN and The Financial Times.

Jumia Apps
Jumia Group is an e-commerce group of companies with offices around Africa. In Uganda, Jumia has; Jumia Travel, Jumia Food, Jumia, Jumia Jobs, and Jumia House. All apps help you do everything from the touch of your phone and can be downloaded for free on both Android and iOS. Jumia Travel is a hotel and flighting booking website with travel packages, Jumia Food helps you order food from restaurants around Kampala to Lubowa. Jumia House will help you buy or rent real estate around the country while Jumia Jobs is a human resource services company that helps you find a job or hire someone.

Quick Taxi
Launched in January 2017, the transportation app is so far another cheaper option to Uber. The taxis are owned by the company so clients can get easy feedback on driver behaviour when they report. You can download the free app and try it today.

Pearl Guide
For travel and tourism, the Pearl Guide is one of the best go to Apps and even better they have travel campaigns every year that will take you around the Uganda for a small fee. The app gives you a guide of almost everything social happening within Kampala.

Uganda Hospitals
How about an App that helps you know locations of registered medical facilities within your vicinity? The free App is quite vital because we all do not know when an emergency might strike.
Uganda Hospitals app is only available for android.

Banking Apps
Over the years banking has evolved and in Uganda, many of the financial institutions have caught up. Banks like Stanbic, Centenary, Barclays among many other have apps that facilitate online transactions as well as other financial activities for their clients.

Teleco Apps
With the growth of technology has come apps that help you not stress calling your mobile carrier’s customer care every time you have a problem. All you have to do is download apps like MTN UG Assistant and you have your queries worked on.

TV Apps
You do not have to own a TV to follow up with local news or any other shows on television. You can now download free apps for NTV Uganda or NBS TV to keep you updated. Kindly remember it is not safe to use these apps while driving or walking on the street.

History of Uganda 
Learn more about the history of Uganda with this wonderful App and if you are history buff you know how useful this is. You can download this app for free on your App and lose yourself in a collection of events that predate the 1800s.

About The Author

Evelyn Masaba is the public relations manager at Jumia Travel in Uganda. Travel.jumia.com is Africa’s No.1 hotel booking website, allowing you to get the best prices for more than 25,000 hotels in Africa and more than 200,000 hotels around the world. Follow @NoirEnBlanca

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