Kongo Jungle

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This article is about the location in the Donkey Kong franchise. For information about the Super Smash Bros. stage of the same name, see Kongo Jungle (Super Smash Bros.). For the Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stage named "Kongo Jungle" in the former game, see Kongo Falls.
Kongo Jungle

The first half of Kongo Jungle in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version
The world map in Donkey Kong Country's Game Boy Advance version
General information
Located Kong Island
Levels 6
Inhabitants Kong Family
Ruler Donkey Kong
Boss Very Gnawty
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance) (2003)
Next Monkey Mines

Kongo Jungle is a large jungle area located at the bottom of Kong Island, and it serves as the home of the Kong Family. Both DK's Treehouse and the Banana Hoard are located here, specifically within the first level, Jungle Hijinxs. Kongo Jungle makes its first and main appearance in Donkey Kong Country, as the first world traveled through by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Very Gnawty is the boss fought at the end, and defeating him allows the Kongs to access the next world, Monkey Mines.

Alternate versions of Kongo Jungle have existed throughout the Donkey Kong franchise, often alongside a different version of Jungle Hijinxs. They share a common distinction of being a large jungle area serving as both the starting location and the location of DK's Tree House. The first instance of this is in Donkey Kong 64, where DK's Tree House is the central location of a wide area within DK Isles, but the first level, Jungle Japes, is based on Jungle Hijinxs. The second instance of this is the Jungle World in DK: King of Swing. The third and most recent instance is the Jungle in Donkey Kong Country Returns (though it has been suggested that it and Kongo Jungle are the same location[1]). There is a Jungle world in the Game Boy title Donkey Kong, but it does not have as much of an established connection to Kongo Jungle, especially because the game was released prior to Donkey Kong Country.

A majority of Kongo Jungle's levels take place within a jungle. The world map shows DK's Tree House in the upper-left corner. There is a cave area about midway through Kongo Jungle, marked by a "Caves" sign on the world map (though it is not shown in the Game Boy Color version). The cave's exit leads directly down to a lake, which is at the bottom-right of the world map.

Kongo Jungle is named after the real-world Congo Jungle in Africa, except it has a "K" substituting for the "C," a recurring motif in the Donkey Kong franchise.


Image Name Description Enemies Animal Friends
Jungle Hijinxs The first level, Jungle Hijinxs, starts with Donkey Kong blasting out of his tree house. During the first playthrough, he can free Diddy from a nearby DK Barrel. After the halfway point is an Animal Crate with Rambi.
  • Bonus Level 1: Accessed by blasting open a wall after the letter N using either Rambi or a barrel
  • Bonus Level 2: On the bottom wall of the trees where the letter G is.
Ropey Rampage This level takes place during a thunderstorm during the nighttime. It involves Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong swinging along the vines over the treetops in the jungle.
  • Bonus Level 1: Under the trees after passing the letter O.
  • Bonus Level 2: Accessing an Auto-Fire Barrel toward the final pit.
Reptile Rumble A cave consisting of several blue Kritters and some Slippas, a coral snake-like enemies. It is the first level to feature tires, which allow the Kongs to reach some higher areas.
  • Bonus Level 1: Using a barrel to break open a wall where the letter K is.
  • Bonus Level 2: In a Barrel Cannon on the left side of a high platform with a DK Barrel.
  • Bonus Level 3: Using a barrel to break open a wall on the right in a pit with two Slippas.
Coral Capers This is the first underwater level. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong need to dodge the various aquatic enemies they encounter along the way. There are two Animal Crates containing Enguarde, who can help them defeat some enemies along the way. Bitesize
Barrel Cannon Canyon Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong explore the entire stage by blasting from Barrel Cannons and Auto-Fire Barrels across wide pits. They encounter Zingers along the way.
  • Bonus Level 1: Blasting at a wall after waiting for the Auto-Fire Barrel to move upward.
  • Bonus Level 2: Picking up a TNT Barrel and using it to break open a wall just before it.
Boss level: Very Gnawty's Lair Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong face off against the world boss Very Gnawty, whom they can attack by jumping on. Each time Very Gnawty is jumped on, he moves faster. After five hits, Very Gnawty gets defeated. None None


Donkey Kong Country

  • SNES instruction booklet (page 20): "Donkey Kong's home is in the jungle, where he is master of all he surveys (or so he thinks). You'll start your adventure in "Jungle Hijinks," which introduces you to the play control of the game. This is also a great place to earn extra lives if you come back to it later in the game. In the jungle, you'll find many vines strung between the palms that are great for swinging over trouble areas."
  • Nintendo Power vol. 169 (page 125): "Your journey begins on Donkey Kong's home turf—Kongo Jungle. Unfortunately, the place is swarming with enemies. You'll need every move at Donkey's and Diddy disposal to reclaim the jungle from King K. Rool and his army of evil Kremlings."
  • GBA Prima Official Game Guide (page 14): "With its lush jungle canopies, straightforward leaping, and no real difficulty until you reach the Barrel Cannons of Barrel Cannon Canyon, Kongo Jungle is the ideal training ground for your gorilla posse. You'll learn Donkey and Diddy's strengths and weaknesses, learn the vitally important Cartwheel Jump, and find out just how the differently colored creatures react. Claim Camera Pieces from Funky, Candy, and those on the levels. Happy hunting!"


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese レベル1 コンゴジャングル
Reberu 1 Kongo janguru
Level 1 Kongo Jungle
French Jungle Kongo Kongo Jungle
German Tiefster Kongo Deepest Kongo/Congo
Italian Giungla nel Kongo (GBC)
Giungla Kongo
Jungle in the Kongo
Kongo Jungle
Portuguese Selva Kongo Kongo Jungle
Spanish Jungla Kongo Kongo Jungle