Our Senaru Discovery Waterfall Tour involves a day exploring the magical area of Senaru, followed by a night’s luxury camping in our rainforest campsite. In this package you will:
Trek to Sendang Gile & Tui Kelep waterfalls
Learn about Sasak culture in Senaru traditional village
Visit jungle coffee gardens
Walk along beautiful rice fields
Camp in a beautiful location with waterfall view
Experience local food and delicacies
Senaru & Bayan
For many years Lombok has lived in neighbouring Bali’s shadow. However, as Bali becomes more and more crowded, many travellers are venturing to this magical island for a more authentic experience of Indonesia. Many come to climb the majestic Mount Rinjani, stroll along the famous Pink Beach at Tangsi, or catch some waves on the South coast near Kuta Lombok. Others come to dive and party on the Gili Islands, or delight in some of the fine restaurants Lombok has to offer. But if you want to get “off the beaten track” and experience the original Sasak roots of this unique island you should head north to the area of Bayan and the mountain village of Senaru.
Our Senaru Discovery package combines the best authentic Senaru sightseeing, with camping in a magical jungle campsite overlooking Tui Kelep waterfall. Visit organic coffee gardens on the rain-forested slopes of Mount Rinjani. Discover the area’s unique Sasak culture and religion in Senaru traditional village. Stroll along picturesque rice terraces and picnic beside beautiful Lombok waterfalls of Sendang Gile and Tui Kelep. Our Senaru Discovery package is a full day of guided excursions in and around Senaru, followed by a night’s luxury camping. All meals and refreshments are included.
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Departure/Return LocationRinjani Dawn Adventures office in Senaru.
What guests should bringDay-pack, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, camera, personal medication if required, swimming gear + towel, walking shoes/sandals.
IncludedBottled water, Tea & CoffeeCamping EquipmentLuggage StorageMeals & SnacksPoncho’sTour Guide & Porter/sTransport to and from departure/return point in Zone 1 (refer to travel zones for alternative regions/costs)Trekking Poles
Not Included1 night basic accommodation (pre-trek)Entrance feeFlightsFree RDA BuffLoan jackets/gloves/beanies (subject to availability)Tour guideTransport to and from departure/return point outside of Zone 1 (refer to travel zones for alternative regions/costs)Travel InsuranceVisit to Sendang Gile waterfall in Senaru
Senaru Sightseeing & Waterfalls + Jungle Campsite Sleepover(Approximate walking time, 4-5hrs) On arrival at our office in Senaru, you will be greeted by your guide for the day. We employ the best local guides, all of whom can speak English. Over coffee and a light breakfast your guide will explain the days’ itinerary, and answer any questions you may have.
Coffee GardenThe first stop on your trip will be a coffee garden in the jungle. Many of the local villagers were allocated small parcels of land in the Gunung Rinjani National Park for micro-gardens. These villagers harvest organic coffee, vanilla, nuts and fruits from these small plots hidden amongst the rainforest. They also collect natural Kopi Luwak from the jungle floor. The most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak is a coffee bean that has passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet (a small cat-like creature native to Southeast Asia). Thankfully, these cute animals are not farmed here so villagers just collect what they find. According to coffee experts the delicious smooth taste of Kopi Luwak comes from the fermentation that occurs inside the digestive tract, which reduces the acidity of the bean. If your guide finds some Kopi Luwak whilst showing you around the garden you are welcome to try a cup later on!
Senaru Traditional VillageAfter you return from the jungle garden your next stop will be Senaru Village. This village dates back hundreds of years, and many of the local residents are still living in much the same way their ancestors did. The village comprises numerous thatched Alang-Alang huts, as well as raised platforms “Geleng” or “Sambi” for the storage of rice. In most of the houses you will find a small raised platform “Inan Bale” or “Mother of the house”, which are used for praying. Bayan, the area to which Senaru belongs, is unique in its practise of the Wetu Telu religion. Wetu Telu (“three times”) is a syncretic form of Islam which merges parts of Hindu and indigenous animist beliefs. Your guide will take you around the village, and answer any questions you may have. He or she may also show you inside one of the houses (which are typically very dark inside). Senaru is still a “working village” so we ask our guests to respect the people living there. Many are poor, relying on an extremely low income from working in the rice-fields. We pay an entrance fee for our groups, which helps support our community and maintain this wonderful village.
Senaru Panorama Walk – Rice FieldsAfter you have looked around Senaru Traditional Village you will descend down the hill towards the many terraced rice fields that contour around the foothills of Mt. Rinjani. You will follow an irrigation channel, learning about how rice is cultivated. The path you follow will eventually bring you to the source of the irrigation water – the river that flows from the mountain and Lake Segara Anak. As you leave the rice fields behind and enter a forested valley, you will hear the first of two waterfalls on your tour – the beautiful Sendang Gile waterfall.
Sendang Gile & Tui Kelep WaterfallMany travellers come to Senaru just to see the spectacular Sendang Gile and Tui Kelep waterfalls. The first waterfall we will stop at during your trek will be Sendang Gile or “slightly crazy” waterfall. Sendang Gile is actually the result of a natural spring that emerges from the mountainside above. The water cascades down in two parts, with a small pool in the mid-section. It’s possible to shower under the waterfall, but not swim. As it’s pure mineral water you will feel pleasantly rejuvenated should you wish to brave the cold! From Sendang Gile waterfall we will continue our walk up the valley towards Tui Kelep waterfall. The path is well maintained, and it is fairly flat most of the way. You will be required to cross a small stream at two points, which involves wading through thigh-deep water. It takes approximately 40 minutes to reach Tui Kelep from Sendang Gile waterfall, but there is plenty to look at along the way! The steep sides and dense vegetation of the valley conjure up images of Indiana Jones or Tomb-Raider, and birds and butterflies are often visible. Once at Tui Kelep you are free to bathe and take photographs. If you’re feeling adventurous you can also try to get to a cave that lies behind the waterfall. Tui Kelep is perhaps Lombok’s finest waterfall, and provides a stunning backdrop for a photograph!
Jungle CampsiteWe will finish the day by taking you to a great location to watch sunset. We will then trek to the jungle campsite (20 minutes’ walk), where a campfire and delicious meal awaits. Most people feel tired after a full day trekking around Senaru and bathing under waterfalls, so a comfy mattress and sleeping bag is a welcomed comfort at the end of a wonderful day! If you’d like to stay-up longer and talk around the campfire, this is also a lot of fun!
Return to SenaruThe following morning you’ll be cooked a delicious breakfast by your guide, before returning to our office in Senaru. The above summarizes the main parts of the tour, but we like to leave out little details and experiences so you have some surprises along the way. We hope you’ll join us on this fun and interesting tour, experiencing authentic Lombok at its best!
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