LOMBOK TRAVEL GUIDE – When the time comes for a change of scenery away from Lombok’s glorious beach life, the island’s magical waterfalls are always high on the list. For most visitors, the cascading falls of Sendang Gile are the main attraction but savvy locals in the nkow head for some of Lombok’s secret waterfalls hidden deep in the hinterland.
The twin waterfalls of Benang Setokel and Benang Kelambu are two such hidden gems yet are not as difficult to get to as one would imagine. Situated in the far southern foothills of Mount Rinjani near the village of Aik Berik, it takes about an hour’s drive to reach from Mataram.
It’s an appealing scenic drive from the city through villages backed by undulating rice fields. Before reaching Benang Kelambu you will encounter its twin sister Benang Setokel waterfall which cascades down into a crystal clear pool of water from about 20 metres high. The shallow pool is very clear an ice cold – the perfect respite on a hot tropical day. A large clearing surrounded by a mossy rock face is very photogenic and a great spot to enjoy a picnic.
It is an easy walk from the main road to here while the Benang Kelambu waterfall is a futher 30 minutes on foot along a forested path surrounded by banana trees, coffee, jackfruit, and a multitude of other exotic plants. There is usually lots of unseen activity in the undergrowth, with chirping birds and a colony of long tail monkeys scampering around.
Once you reach Benang Kelambu it becomes immediately apparent the extra walking was worthwhile. It is an Instagram worthy moment watching the sheets of fresh, cool water jetting out of a steep rock face of vibrant green. It has a mesmerising quality as you gaze up and see the water cascade through the thick undergrowth that completely covers the hillside.
In all, the waters drop down three levels from a heigh of about 40 metres and it’s a very peaceful experience. While most waterfalls of a smiliar height are a thunderous, noisy experience crashing against rocks, the waters of Benang Kelambu are much quieter, passing through a thick wall of tropical flora.
The water here is also incredibly clear and unsurprisingly is thought to be a cure-all for all manner of ailments. The water is thought to be sourced directly from Rinjani’s volcanic Segara Anak lake. There are a handful of food stalls located near the entrance to both waterfalls and it has become a busy weekend haunt for local families.
Source : MyLombok Magz, 25 Editor : Jacksan