Air Terjun Buaya Lepas has an enigmatic backstory to its name. The name of its stream is Sg. Cheong, which is a rather unconventional name itself; on the other hand there is a nearby hill that is named Bukit Jeram Enggang, which could indicate the name of the waterfall but is a very common name that a few waterfalls are already named after. Hence after some thought the team decided to call it Buaya Lepas Falls as it bear some resemblance to the Buaya Sangkut Fall in Johor.
There are 4 waterfalls on this stream with the main fall (2nd in sequence) pictured below. The main fall is a tall near vertical fan-like cascade fall with a neck deep pool and a small cave formed by stacked boulders. The trail to the waterfall is unmarked and goes thru orchards with many junction trails. It is bushy at some sections and requires an unusual approach from the top of the waterfall, descending down the hill after crossing to the opposite side of the stream. Visitors will not be able to reach the waterfall via river trail as the boulders are too big to scale across. This waterfall is NOT suitable for beginners and visitors are advised to engage a guide who is familiar with the region.
Air Terjun Buaya Lepas
Head to Rembau town as the landmark. The trailhead is on Route N14 Kampung Batu - Inas.(Image 1) By the road shoulder there is a small clearing (here) where visitors can park. From here proceed by foot down the nearby trail.
Follow the initially clear double track trail into the jungle region. After roughly about 1.8km, there is a smaller trail on the left up the hill that passes a few rows of rubber trees. Pass the rubber trees, there will be an old logging trail going uphill. Visitors who wish to visit the Buaya Lepas Fall 1 will have to make an early detour down the hill. There is a side junction (2.59399, 102.20233) on the right that will scale down the slope to the waterfall.(Image 2)
The waterfall is quite tall and visitors will have to hike up back the hill to reconnect with the main logging trail. River trekking is NOT advisable as the river boulders near the next waterfall will be very difficult to get across. When close to the waterfall, visitors will have to take the upper trail on the left (Image 3) to reach the upper tier of the main fall.(Image 4) There is no safe way down the steep slope so the only way down is to cross the stream to the opposite side. Pass a small creek and down the rocky trail where the magnificent view of the waterfall is in sight.
AT Buaya Lepas 2
Misc. & Exploration Notes :
There are 2 more waterfall levels found upriver but are less rewarding. The falls are pictured below. They are located quite close to the main fall.
Fall 3 (2.59014, 102.20392)
Fall 4 (2.58940, 102.20408)
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