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Rwanda is a land-locked and mountainous country and its transportation system focusses on land infrastructure. Although Rwanda has many lakes and rivers which might attract both the transport of passengers and goods, there is no significant inland waterway services except the very limited waterway operations in Lake Kivu. The Lake Kivu, forming the border with DRC operates occasional boat services from Cyangugu, Kibuye and Gisenyi but not on a regular timetable and often have to be chartered. There are also small boats usually in dugout canoes or hand-crafted boats used to ferry people to some of the islands in the lake.

With respect to transport cost: Speed boat which carries 10 people is hired at 312 USD from Kibuye to Gisenyi in 1hour and 30 minutes owned by individuals. 

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 The main transport of goods using the Lake Kivu is BRALIRWAs’ beverages from Gisenyi brewing factory to Kibuye as transportation costs with considerable quantity of heavy goods is lower than of road transport.

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