When you combine a volcano with high humidity, you get a rainforest full of waterfalls. And we were lucky enough to visit plenty of them in Lombok. The area where Benang Kelambu and Benang Stokel waterfalls are looks like out of a fairytale, lush green and great to escape the heat of the Indonesian sun.
We’ve visited Benang Kelambu and Benang Stokel at the end of our trip around Lombok. After spending some time in Kuta, we headed north for the Rinjani Volcano trek, then relaxed on Gili Air and afterward stayed near Senggigi/Mataram to explore the central part of Lombok and its waterfalls.
While people, myself included, generally like waterfalls, one must admit some are more impressive than others. I hope you know where I’m going with this. You shouldn’t miss Benang Kelambu waterfall on your trip to Lombok. Here is everything you need to know to plan your visit.
Hot to get to Benang Kelambu
Waterfalls are located in central Lombok so you can easily come to Benang Kelambu from anywhere on the island. However, the shortest trip would be from Mataram, around 1,5 hours by scooter. There are hotels closer to the falls but we wanted to stay by the ocean.
We chose our accommodation close to Mataram for 2 reasons: we didn’t want to stay near hotel resorts in Senggigi and wanted to be close to the waterfalls.
Mataram is really the only place on the island with serious traffic. Once we got out, the quiet roads welcomed us again. The road to the waterfalls is in great shape, no need to worry about rough dirt roads, it’s all paved.
Benang Kelambu & Benang Stokel waterfalls
Both waterfalls are in the same area. In fact, there are 5 waterfalls altogether! You will pay an entrance fee depending on how many waterfalls you would like to see and how many people are in your group. We paid 180,000 IRD (12 USD) for 3 waterfalls (Benang Stokel, Benang Kelambu and Jumping Spot).
Tips for visiting
- Due to the popularity of these waterfalls, it is no longer possible to enter without a guide
- The entrance fee includes a guide, water and a snack
- There are a few restaurants and souvenir shops near the entrance
- Toilets/changing rooms are near Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls
Benang Stokel Waterfall
After a 10 minute walk through the rainforest, you will arrive at Benang Stokel waterfall. 3 waterfalls next to each other were a perfect start to cool off from the scooter ride. The pools are too shallow for a swim but if you’re lucky, your guide can make you a fern headband.
That was a pleasant surprise, I felt like a jungle princess. The guide got busy very fast when people saw me wearing the headband. I might have released my inner jungle instincts while wearing it, haha.
Next to the Benang Stokel is a smaller waterfall from which you can jump off, locals call it the jumping spot. Although the sign says it’s 11 meters high, my guess would be 8 meters.
You jump into a pool surrounded by hanging vines and thick jungle trees. After a short walk through the canyon, you will find a rock and a path back up. It’s suitable for any adventurous soul, even children.
Benang Kelambu Waterfall
This is the most beautiful waterfall in the area and different from anything I’ve seen before.
500 meters upstream, maybe 20-minute walk through the rainforest is one of a kind gem of Lombok. Benang Kelambu waterfall consists of several small waterfalls coming out from the trees and cliffs forming a waterfall curtain, around 40 meters high. You can walk under the waterfalls and play hide-and-seek behind the trees.
There is a man-made pool below them with cold to properly cool off. Whether you like playing in waterfalls or just looking at them, this is the place for you.
Plan to stay here at least 2 hours, you can then also visit Jeruk Manis waterfall which is further away. We didn’t get there as we had a little accident on the scooter. So after our wounds were taken care of we stopped at Taman Narmada Water Park on the way back to Mataram. They have a pool and zip line but also nice terraces, gardens and a palace of the former King of Lombok.
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