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“great sightseeing..............”

Madakaripura Waterfall
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Probolinggo
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

it is a perfect sightseeing. very different from other waterfall. must cross the river several times. walk very careful or you'll got slip. walk under the 'rain'. climb up the cliff. some adventure you'll got there.
the local guide there are very helpful. you must have them and try to negotiate the price.
wear shorts and slippers. bring some changes and put them in your car.

2  Thank mahdiyunus
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Arrived at about 12noon on Sept 2, and was disappointed to find that the place looked so poorly maintained. With the heat and the poor first impression, I wasn't keen on venturing further. The pesky 'guides' annoyed me further, as they kept jabbering when I just wanted to stand there and decide whether or not to venture toward the falls. In the end the experience was such a turn-off that I left within 15 minutes of arriving.

1  Thank Kevin301
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Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Trekked bare-footed into the valley following the riverside, few hundreds meter of walkway with occasional ankle deep river crossing. The challenge comes at the end of the trek where one need to get wet in order the enter the site......it may be a bit dangerous if one is not careful enough towards the final part of the trek. If u hated the hustle bustle of the city very much, then this probably is the best place not to be missed...Surrounded by greenary, rocks and waterfall, served with perfect sound of nature and stunning view of majestic waterfalls, i would say, it's so like a heaven on earth...

1  Thank mamaktang
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Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

Trekked bare-footed into the valley following the riverside, few hundreds meter of walkway with occasional ankle deep river crossing. The challenge comes at the end of the trek where one need to get wet in order the enter the site......it may be a bit dangerous if one is not careful enough towards the final part of the trek. If u hated the hustle bustle of the city very much, then this probably is the best place not to be missed...Surrounded by greenary, rocks and waterfall, served with perfect sound of nature and stunning view of majestic waterfalls, i would say, it's so like a heaven on earth...

Thank mamaktang
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

In my humble opinion, the waterfall is worth visiting for 3 simple reasons :

a) OUT OF THIS WORLD. You won't see this if you live a citylife, as the 1km walk to the waterfall, you will pass the deep valley, vegetation, huge boulders, river stream and the jungle ambience will give you an experience you can never get in citylife. The ferns and jungle forestry you get to see is huge and it's like walking in Jurassic Park or Mordor or even Avatar.

b) FEEL THE FALLS. This waterfall allows you to feel upclose and personal because you can touch it, be rained on it, be soaked, allows you to swim in the main pool (8m deep) and even feel the wind sheer generated by the rushing waterfall from the top (200m in height). You can't get such personal experience in Niagara Falls or Iguazu Falls. Madakaripura waterfalls consist of 5 streams and you have to walk pass 3 falls to reach the main 4th waterfall. That experience is 2nd to Croatia's Plitvice waterfall.

c) LEGEND
The waterfall's history dates back to the prime minister of Majapahit Empire which was his last residence. The legend says the bad chi of a visitor will be removed under the waterfall's raining water. The 800 year old legend is worth that journey.


GETTING THERE
The waterfall is on the way to Bromo, Probolinggo or Cemoro Lawang. I suggest you do the waterfall first before going to Bromo but that is provided you can reach the waterfall before 1pm. Reason is because you need 3 full hours to spend there, that is 1 hour to walk in to the waterfall, 1hr to hang around, 1hr to return to the parking lot. You must do this before night falls (5.30pm). Many will do this after their Bromo trip (reaching the parkling lot at 11am). I prefer to do it before going to Bromo (1pm) because there are less crowd. Unfortunately, only private tour will get you to Madakaripura.

FEES
My itenary to Bromo does not include the waterfall, however I'd requested the driver to detour to Madakaripura before going up to Bromo. Paid him 150,000rp for the detour. The 150,000rp is justified as it takes about 40mins just to get there from the main road to Probolinggo. At the parking lot, you will also need to hire a guide (50,000rp) to bring you in and return to the parking lot. 50,000rp per guide. Pls note, the locals there will try to tag to you hoping you will hire 2 guides. Do insist and thank the 2nd guide if you are hiring just 1 guide. If you are silent on not hiring the 2nd guide, he will follow you all the way to the fall and you will end up hafta pay him. In my case, I thanked the 2nd guide before starting and politely told him we are paying for 1 guide only and told him "goodbye". The idea is to politely inform the 2nd guide so that he knows he will not be paid and he will not follow you and will return back to the parking lot without disturbing you.

WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR
- Wear slipper or sandal - bcos u will walk on knee deep river streams and you will have to step on rocks. Do not barefeet, do not wear trekking trek shoes.
- Bring raincoat if you do not want to be wet.
- Wear swim-wear bcos you will be wet anyway or if you intend to swim, wear it on before you start your journey.
- Bring a plastic bag with seal and put all your passport, wallet and mobiles in it to prevent water splashing.
- Do not leave anything with the driver or in the car/van at the parking lot.


PHOTOS
Photo will not justify the experiece and feeling to see the real thing. It's worth a lifetime just to be here and feel it. Enjoy the legendary waterfall.

Do rate my review. Thanks.

19  Thank Skerning
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