Water Transport

Water Transport

Inland Water Transport Policy (IWT)
The policy focuses on developing, operating and maintaining an efficient, cost effective, reliable, safe and secure system, taking into account the following;

  • Promoting competitiveness of the Rwandan economy and making use of opportunities for job creation while linking the IWT policy with other sectors of society.
  • Keeping the Rwandan waterways and its surroundings among the most clean and safe areas of the country and beyond.
  • Sharing in the responsibility for global ecological developments and actively supporting efforts to combat negative environmental influences

Transport on Lake Kivu
This is the largest lake in Rwanda forming the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are limited modern boat services between the major ports of Cyangugu, Kibuye and Gisenyi. The local boats are most common means of transport on the lake.

Other Lakes
Transport on the other lakes in Rwanda is limited to local boats which transport people across the lakes.