Mata Yangu Waterfall

Mata Yangu Waterfall

Impressive and a bit of an adventure

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In the wet season, Mata Yangu produces an impressive wall of water and even in the dry, we’re told you can swim here. A part of the Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park, and geographically part of the same water course as the more accessible La Popu Waterfall, Maya Yangu Waterfall is well worth a look.

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Here it is. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Here it is. Photo: Sally Arnold

The walk is indeed muddy and one and a half kilometres along a flat muddy path through long head-height grass, we reached a small wooden and corrugated iron hut — the dry season start of the walk. In wet conditions it took us half an hour just to that point. The path then enters the jungle proper — lush steamy rainforest (literally for us). The trail continues up and down, extremely steep and narrow in parts, unmarked and barely visible. Sharp rocky limestone adds to the obstacles. It’s hot but a very lovely trek.

One hour from the hut we reached the spectacular 75-metre waterfall, a singular, dramatic gush onto moss-covered rocks and pools below.

It’s not just about the waterfall. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
It’s not just about the waterfall. Photo: Sally Arnold

A steep path leads to what would be the dry season swimming hole, but at this point it was too wet and slippery, and too late in the day for us to attempt. From Mata Yangu it’s possible to continue following the river for another two kilometres to La Popu Waterfall. The return journey to our starting point took one and a half hours, following the same path.

All up, it’s a three-hour walk (more if you go swimming) which we would rate moderate to strenuous — there are steep climbs and ascents and it’s uneven, rocky and slippery underfoot with no obvious path. But it’s probably a lot easier to do in the dry season. We recommend wearing sturdy enclosed footwear and taking plenty of water — it’s hot and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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