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Map Kongo Jungle Map

Artwork of Donkey and Diddy Kong next to Donkey Kong's Treehouse in Kongo Jungle.
Boss(es) Very Gnawty (Donkey Kong Country)
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Country Returns Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Super Smash Bros. Series

First Appearance Donkey Kong Country
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Kongo Jungle (or Congo Jungle in Super Smash Bros.) is a vast jungle covering a large area of Donkey Kong Island, located at the foot of Monkey Mines. It is the first area in Donkey Kong Country. It is also where Donkey Kong's Treehouse is located, as well as his precious Banana Hoard, which is often stolen by 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. The boss of Kongo Jungle is a giant Gnawty, aptly named Very Gnawty.

Adjacent world

Forward: Monkey Mines


Donkey Kong Country series

Kongo Jungle is the initial setting of Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country Returns. 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 both DKC and DKCR.


Level Description Enemies Animal Friends
Jungle Hijinxs
This is the first stage of Kongo Jungle. At the beginning, if the player goes back into DK's Treehouse above, they can earn an Extra Life Balloon, which grants the player an extra try after dying. Also, if they hop from tree to tree from the very beginning of the stage, then they can earn two red Extra Life Balloons and one green Extra Life Balloon. 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 room below DK's Treehouse, Donkey Kong's Banana Hoard will be gone; but after the player defeats King K. Rool, the leader of the Kremlings, they will then see Donkey Kong's 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 DKC. 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. Army
Coral Capers
This is the fourth stage of Kongo Jungle and the first of few water stages in DKC. Generic fish-like enemies, such as Bitesize, 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
Barrel Cannon Canyon
This is the fifth and final 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 of the game. A summary of Very Gnawty is included on Very Gnawty's page. None None

Other appearances

Donkey Kong 64

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

The world Jungle Japes has an extreme resemblance to Kongo Jungle; perhaps too much of a resemblance to be called an entirely different world.

Super Smash Bros.


Kongo Jungle as seen in Super Smash Bros.

Kongo Jungle (incorrectly spelled Congo Jungle) appears as one of the arenas in 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 Super Smash Bros. 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 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 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 the player must battle a Giant Donkey Kong.

It returns as a "Melee" stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as well as in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. 4.

DK: King of Swing

The Jungle World possibly is Kongo Jungle where shows the Cranky's Cabin, Funky's Flights and Candy's Save Point around on DK's Treehouse.

Mario Kart series

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


A jungle stage called DK's Jungle Adventure in Mario Party is based off Kongo Jungle. Donkey Kong Jungle is a stadium in Mario Superstar Baseball which was more than likely based off Kongo Jungle.






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The Kongo Jungle's theme is the third part from the track known as DK Island Swing.[1]

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


  • The name Kongo Jungle is a play on words on the Congo Jungle in Africa, using a 'K' instead of a 'C' to imply that it is the home of the Kongs.
  • In some versions of Donkey Kong Country, some of the overworld warps found on Kongo Jungle (activated by pressing B repeatedly whilst going along the paths with a corner) lead to being warped to the middle of Orang-utan Gang. A further glitch exists where the player is warped to Manic Mincers after intricate manipulation of the game's VRAM.[2]
  • This world has appeared in two games with the two games being Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country Returns.
    • Ironically enough, Jungle Hijinxs is also the first stage of Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country, with the same music, DK's Treehouse and DK's Banana Hoard.
  • This is the only world where Cranky's Cabin is on the other side of the map than Funky's Flight's or Candy's Save Point, which in turn is the only world where Funky's Flights and Candy's Save Point are on the same side.


  1. David Wise's like in Twitter
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