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The world map of Kongo Jungle as seen in the game Donkey Kong Country for GBA.
Number of Stages 6
Boss(es) Very Gnawty (only in DKC)
Greater Location Donkey Kong Island
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country,
Super Smash Bros.,
Super Smash Bros. Melee,
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U,
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country (for SNES) (1994)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

Kongo Jungle is the first world of Donkey Kong Island in the game Donkey Kong Country. It is a vast jungle covering a large area of island, located at the foot of Monkey Mines. It is also where Donkey and Diddy Kong's Treehouse is located, as well as his precious banana hoard, which is stolen by King K. Rool and the Kremlings.

Kongo Jungle is quite pleasant, possessing a vast amount of jungle and some rocky terrain. A large lake can be seen to the right side of Kongo Jungle. Like other worlds in the game, Kongo Jungle also features Cranky Kong's Cabin, Funky Kong's Flights and Candy Kong's Save Point. The boss of Kongo Jungle is a giant Gnawty, aptly named Very Gnawty.

Adjacent World


Donkey Kong Country

Kongo Jungle is the initial setting of the game Donkey Kong Country. Being the first world, the stages are, for the most part, fairly simple. They are mostly jungle-related, but there is a cave leading to a large lake on the other side. The animal buddy Rambi the Rhinoceros takes residence in Kongo Jungle in Donkey Kong Country.

Stage Description Enemies Animal Buddies
Jungle Hijinxs
This is the first stage of Kongo Jungle. At the beginning, if the player goes back into Donkey and Diddy Kong's Treehouse above, they can earn an Extra Life Balloon, which grants the player an extra try after being defeated. Also, if they jump from tree to tree from the very beginning of the stage, then the player can earn two red Extra Life Balloons and one green Extra Life Balloon. In the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version, as the player approaches the end, the sun will set in the foreground, changing from day to dusk.

If the player starts a new game and enters the cave below Donkey and Diddy Kong's Treehouse, the banana hoard will be gone. But after the player defeats King K. Rool, the leader of the Kremlings, they will then see the banana hoard in its rightful place.

Ropey Rampage
This is the second stage of Kongo Jungle. It takes place at night, continuing the day following the previous stage. It also takes place during a tropical thunderstorm (or a rainstorm in the Game Boy Advance version). Most of the obstacles are Kritters, wide gaps with swinging ropes to cross them, and Barrel Cannons. Tires are introduced in this stage, enabling the Kongs to reach high heights. Once the player nears the end, the thunderstorm/rainstorm ceases and the sun begins to rise, filling the stage with life. Army
Reptile Rumble
This is the third stage of Kongo Jungle. It is also the very first cave stage in Donkey Kong Country. Slippas make their debut in the stage. Many pits are seen throughout, being infested with Slippas and leaping blue Kritters. Zingers are also found here. Kritter
Coral Capers
This is the fourth stage of Kongo Jungle and the first of few water stages in Donkey Kong Country. Generic fish-like enemies, such as Bitesizes, debut here, including shark-like ones, such as Chomps and Chomps Jr. Water enemies cannot be harmed unless the player has Enguarde the Swordfish, a swordfish that can use his bill to bash enemies away. Enguarde makes his first appearance in this stage as well. Bitesize
Chomps Jr.
Barrel Cannon Canyon
This is the fifth and final regular stage of Kongo Jungle. As such, it is considered the hardest stage of the area. The stage is quite long, and, as the name suggests, there are several Barrel Cannons that the Kongs must use to advance farther into the stage. Several Kritters are seen here, as well as Zingers near the end.

If the player jumps over the entrance of the stage and travels to the top, they will find a Barrel Cannon which, when jumped in, will lead to a few others, skipping a large portion of the stage as a shortcut. There are many shortcuts, but this shortcut skips most of the stage.

Very Gnawty's Lair
This is the first boss stage of the game. Very Gnawty None

Donkey Kong 64

The area where Donkey and Diddy Kong's Treehouse is located could possibly be either Kongo Jungle or a portion of it.

The stage Jungle Japes has an extreme resemblance to Kongo Jungle, perhaps too much of a resemblance to be called an entirely different location.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. series

"Congo Jungle" stage as seen in the game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64.

Kongo Jungle, incorrectly spelled "Congo Jungle", appears as one of the arenas in the game Super Smash Bros.. The Kongo Jungle stage is made out of a large wooden platform with several smaller, sometimes floating ones around it. There is also a vast jungle in the background of the arena and a Barrel Cannon underneath the arena.

In the game sequel, Super Smash Bros. Melee, another Kongo Jungle stage was introduced. This Kongo Jungle stage is constructed out of logs strewn together which are sitting on rocks jutting out of a waterfall. In the background of this stage is a vast jungle along with what appears to be Donkey and Diddy Kong's Treehouse. Occasionally, a Klaptrap will come along on the waterfall, and sometimes a log, which can be used as a platform. Also in Super Smash Bros. Melee is the old version of Kongo Jungle from the previous Super Smash Bros. game. The old version of Kongo Jungle can be unlocked by surviving Fifteen-Minute Melee. The music here was the DK Rap from Donkey Kong 64.

In the Adventure Mode, Kongo Jungle stars in Stage 2: Kongo Jungle. In it, the player has to battle two miniature Donkey Kongs. They are easy to knock off the stage, albeit they gang up on the player. Once beaten, the player moves onto the second half, Jungle Japes, where they must battle a giant Donkey Kong.

The location does not appear in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. However, it returns as a past stage in the games Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Mario Kart series

Kongo Jungle has been the main setting for various Donkey Kong-related racing courses, such as D.K.'s Jungle Parkway in the games Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart Wii.


A jungle stage called DK's Jungle Adventure in the game Mario Party is based off Kongo Jungle.

Donkey Kong Jungle is a stadium in the game Mario Superstar Baseball, for Nintendo GameCube, which was more than likely based off Kongo Jungle.






Music Themes

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The Kongo Jungle's theme is the third part from the track known as DK Island Swing.[2]

Title Description Composer Game
DK Island Swing
Third part from the jungle theme. David Wise[3] Donkey Kong Country
DK Island Swing
Third part from the jungle theme. Minako Hamano
Masaru Tajima
Shinji Ushiroda
Daisuke Matsuoka
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
King of Cling
Arrangement of DK Island Swing used in the levels 1-2 King of Cling, 1-5 Canopy Cannons, 5-2 Clingy Swingy and 5-6 Springy Spores.
Swinger Flinger
The theme plays in the Key Temple levels 1-K Swinger Flinger, 3-K Precarious Pendulums and 5-K Platform Problems. David Wise Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
The theme plays in the Key Temple levels 2-K Bopopolis, 4-K Spinning Spines and 6-K Slippy Spikes.
Congo Jungle Stage
An arrangement of the third part from DK Island Swing. Yasunori Mitsuda[4]
Kenta Nagata
Koji Kondo[5]
Super Smash Bros.
Jungle Japes
An arrangement of the third part from DK Island Swing. Hirokazu Ando
Shogo Sakai
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Jungle Jingle
An excerpt of the arrangement from the location theme. Grant Kirkhope[6] Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure
Jungle Joust


  • The name Kongo Jungle is a play on words on the Congo Jungle[7] in the Africa[8], using the letter "K" instead of "C" to imply that it is the home of the Kongs.
    • That can be the possible reason for the misspelling "Congo Jungle" as stage name in the game Super Smash Bros.
  • In some versions of Donkey Kong Country for SNES, some of the world warps found on Kongo Jungle (activated by pressing the "B" button repeatedly whilst going along the paths with a corner) lead to being warped to the middle of Vine Valley stage Orang-utan Gang. A further glitch exists where the player is warped to Chimp Caverns stage Manic Mincers after intricate manipulation of the game's VRAM.[1]
  • In the game DK: King of Swing, it is unclear if the treehouse seen in the Jungle World map, next to the level Banana Bungalow, is the same treehouse present in the Donkey Kong Island. If it is proved to be true, the Jungle World can be located on the same island.
  • Jungle Hijinxs is also the first stage of the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, with similar rearranged music theme from the game Donkey Kong Country. Donkey and Diddy Kong's treehouse and their banana hoard cave are also present in the same stage.