As far as river ferries go, this one seems to be a bit middle-of-the-road. It's not as basic as a boat with an outboard motor, nor as fancy as a several hundred person air-conditioned ferry. It seems fairly well suited to the traffic it needs to handle.
No space is wasted is typically the name of the ferry game. In many parts of the world, the ferry doesn't leave until the boat is full. In this case, the vehicles are parked so close together the drivers can't even get out of the car.
This is the view of the ferry coming towards me. After it unloaded, I got on with my driver and guide. It wasn't as packed as this, but it was still pretty full. A nice, relatively quick ride across the river. Just another day in Africa.