Location : Kecamatan Air Besar, Kabupaten Landak, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
Bananggar waterfall is the largest waterfall in Landak District, with a width of 60 meters and a height of 60 meters.
Viewed from the roadside
Shot from behind the fall
If you presently search online about this waterfall the page would be cluttered with Trip Advisor’s repetitive write up by someone who visited this waterfall via Pontianak to Ngabang to Serimbu to Kampung Tauk and finally to Bananggar Fall. Doable on a day trip. It would be safe to call this the ‘front door’ way to this spectacular fall. Since we were coming in from Kuching Sarawak, it would only make sense to do it the ‘back door’ way. By entering from Tebedu/Entikong border post and driving though Kampung Sontas’ narrow and sometimes very rocky road towards a never ending hilly up coming oil palm estate.
Huge clearance to make way for oil palm
The dirt road here is narrow, long and winding like a roller coaster. It provided a scenic view of the landscape here of Landak district. Many sharp bends and blind corners such that I had to continuously honk all the way through this plantation. I couldn’t complain for it provided quite a drastic short cut to my intended destination. There are no signage in the oil palm plantation. Only the locals know which junction to take and in our case Pak Anton’s wife who hails from Kampung Entuai and tagging along was our only source of direction. Kampung Entuai, a relocated village, was the last village and the farthest that our car could bring us.
Our eventual homestay on the way back
The rest of the journey had to be done by ojek through muddy tracks. Sometimes getting off the bike and helping push it through.
Rainy season- sometimes it is better to walk
Sticky affair to Bananggar
We had to pass through 5 other villages namely Nyari, Batu Baru, Anyang, Merayuh and Perbuak before catching sight of the beautiful Bananggar fall from the road side.
Using teritiak as moulds for these wall panels turn out to be a brilliant idea, very special effect.
Dusun Batu Baru
Beware of pigs crossing
Blacksmith in Perbuak village
Day trip by bike from Kuching to Bananggar Fall is possible during the dry season here which is around August. Engage a guide with a bike at the Entikong checkpoint. Make sure you make it to the border before the gate closes at 5pm Indonesian time or 6pm Malaysian time.
Catching Bukit Bentuang with the ojeks
5 minutes descent towards the fall
Bai Rock carefully making his way to the cave
Pak Anton & wife having a good time here
Net casting for fish
Swimming across the river against strong currents
Done with Bananggar waterfall and heading towards Dusun Tauk for the night