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Dawn Savanna is the first level of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. It is a grassland with many hills and part of the Banana Kingdom. Donkey Kong is aided by Combo Fairies and Helper Monkeys here. Donkey Kong also uses his vine swinging and climbing abilities to reach inaccessible areas. In this level, many new gameplay features are introduced to the player, such as Banandelions, which Donkey Kong can swing on to reach higher areas.
The music in this level is a cover of "DK Island Swing", the music that originally played in the jungle levels in Donkey Kong Country.
At the beginning of the level, there are a few small hills covered by bananas. At the bottom of the second hill is a Kuro Buta Pokkī for Donkey Kong to defeat. Nearby is a giant tree stump, which the ape can climb on to find three Banana Bunches in bubbles. A Helper Monkey is also around this area to show the ape where to go. After following the monkey down the other end of the stump, Donkey Kong can find some bananas and a Banana Bunch. To the right of the items is another Helper Monkey, who can throw the Kong to three Banana Bunches and a high platform if the player claps their hands. Around this platform are two more Helper Monkeys. Once they swing Donkey Kong to the next platform, he should grab onto the first Banandelion and swing onto the following platform.
There is a Sleep Pig Poppo on the platform. With his special abilities, Donkey Kong can defeat it and slide through the passage behind it. If the Kong jumps as he exits the tight passageway, he should grab onto a line of Helper Monkeys swinging on a bush. The monkeys can help him reach the next area. If Donkey Kong misses the monkeys, he lands in a small area below them, where there are a few Karikaries that attack him. With the help of two more Helper Monkeys, the ape can get out of the gap and land in the next area, where a giant banana is present. To the right of the large fruit is a group of three Banana Bunches, which are hidden by a tree. After biting into the large banana, the level ends and Donkey Kong travels to the next level.
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