Asambe, a pan-African electric scooter & bicycle sharing and guided tour Service Company, launched its platform in Zimbabwe that was after 6-months of piloting.
Asambe is Zulu for “let’s go.”
Asambe has a guided tour service is targeting at high value, medium volume tourist destinations such as Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe’s public transport landscape is very informal. Asambe wants to help people get around using a fast, flexible, convenient, and affordable transport, instead of getting lost in a complex informal public transport system.
Asambe also wants to give travellers another option other than paying exorbitant taxi rates in these places.
Asambe’s value proposition is heavily focused on the customer experience and it wants to offer visitors a fun way to explore a town or city. Part of this experience includes guided culinary, culture, and adventure tours which can be booked and paid for on its website and/or TripAdvisor Experiences. Asambe has incorporated a hints and tips feature which is a combination of in-app messaging of local information and insights and map annotations which display exciting attractions within the proximity of a user’s location.
The delivery service will become secondary. Asambe is starting with two types of vehicles, electric scooters from Super Soco and electric bicycles from Namibia’s Ebikes4Africa. The electric scooter has a 1.8 kWh battery pack, a top speed of 65 km/h, and a range of 70 km. The battery can be charged in about 6 hours. The electric bicycles have a 0.84 Wh battery pack, a top speed of 40 km/h, a range of 60 km, and can be charged in about 5 hours. The Asambe electric bicycle actually tells a good story of a southern African collaboration, which is great for regional trade between Zimbabwe and Namibia. This kind of collaboration will help create much-needed jobs in this part of the world.
On the last mile delivery front, Asambe has since entered into 3rd-party last mile delivery agreements with:
- Prime Health Medical Diagnostic Lab (Pvt) Ltd, Zimbabwe (medical supplies)
- Munch, Zimbabwe (food delivery)
- UberEats, South Africa (food delivery)
- Health Data Hug/Baines Avenue Retail Pharmacy