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Ancient Lake
Ancient lake
Location Dino Domain
Requirement(s) 1 Golden Balloon (regular course),
6 Golden Balloons (Coin Challenge course)
Vehicle Type(s) Car, Hovercraft & Plane
Game(s) Diddy Kong Racing,
Diddy Kong Racing DS
First Appearance Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Latest Appearance Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)
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Ancient Lake is the first track in the games Diddy Kong Racing and Diddy Kong Racing DS. One Golden Balloon is required to get in this track, while six are needed for the second challenge.

Course Layout[]

The track begins with a straight pathway over the concrete road. The road will soon become bumpier, as it begins to curve around the bend. A zipper can be found in the area, which gives racers an extra speed boost. The track will then bend into a small U shape, until the player rides under a small tunnel. On the other side of this tunnel is a large dinosaur, as well as a small lake. If the player hits the dinosaur, they will react as if they were hit by an item. Driving into the lake will slow the player down. A large tunnel follows, followed by a small bridge over a small river. The track ends with a straight pathway into the finish line.

In the DS remake, the posts that hold the start banner change from palm trees to fanglike rocks and the rock color changes from light brown to gray.

Coin Challenge Locations[]

Ancient lake map

Map of Ancient Lake showing Silver Coin locations.

Like other levels, Ancient Lake is filled with eight Silver Coins, scattered all around the area. The coins only appear after player has beaten Tricky the Triceratops for the first time.

  1. On a small bump before the first set of Item Balloons.
  2. Shortly after the first set of Item Balloons in the center of the track.
  3. Just after the first set of bananas, found in the center of the track, just like the other coins.
  4. Slightly in front of the third coin.
  5. When the racer rides around the first turn, the coin is in the center of the road.
  6. Not too long after the second set of Item Balloons.
  7. In the dinosaur's path, shortly after the sixth coin. As usual, it is located in the middle of the road.
  8. After hitting the last zipper, the coin can be found between two bananas.

Balloon Touch Challenge[]

Taj will take his magic carpet ride to pop all the balloons in this racetrack.

Key Location[]

This track holds the key (which is now known as the Wish Key) to the locked door in Dino Domain. It's found in an area on a ramp that requires a speed boost to get to where the arches resembling Stonehenge stand.


Diddy Kong Racing (DS) Tracks
Dino Domain
Ancient LakeFossil CanyonJungle FallsHot Top VolcanoFire Mountain (T.T. Trial)Tricky's Course
Snowflake Mountain
Everfrost PeakWalrus CoveSnowball ValleyFrosty VillageIcicle Pyramid (T.T. Trial)Bluey's Course
Sherbet Island
Whale BayCrescent IslandPirate LagoonTreasure CavesDarkwater Beach (T.T. Trial)Bubbler's Course
Dragon Forest
Windmill PlainsGreenwood VillageBoulder CanyonHaunted WoodsSmokey Castle (T.T. Trial)Smokey's Course
Future Fun Land
Spacedust AlleyDarkmoon CavernsSpaceport AlphaStar City
DS Exclusive Unlockable Tracks
Thunder CoveMeandering MountSplashdown PassStrangled Shrine