Jungle (Donkey Kong Country Returns)

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Map of Jungle in Donkey Kong Country Returns
Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Level(s) 8
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The Jungle is the first world of Donkey Kong Country Returns and its Nintendo 3DS remake, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. It is the successor to Kongo Jungle from the original Donkey Kong Country, as both are the first world of their respective game, are themed after a jungle, and appear at the bottom of Donkey Kong Island. It is also where DK's Tree House and its underlying banana hoard are located. When asked if they were the same location, senior designer Kynan Pearson approved of the idea.[1]

Being the first world, the Jungle in-part serves as a tutorial world. Tutorial Pig appears throughout, introducing the new and recurring mechanics of the game. Mugly is fought as the world's boss.

The Jungle reappears in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze during the opening cinematic, where the Snowmads have turned the island into a snowscape. While the Jungle does not return as a world, it is featured as a representative level, Homecoming Hijinxs.


The Jungle is covered with trees, many of them being large. There is a large waterfall coming down from a high cliff next to the Temple, and there are some rivers running through the trees. The Jungle itself is on a big peninsula, mostly bordered by a sandy coastline. The part that is not bordered by coastline is bordered by a very high, sheer cliff face, which goes up half the mountain to the Factory. More giant hills and cliffs appear later in the world, and the world boss, Mugly, is fought on the highest hill.

Aside from its jungle theme, the Jungle features many ancient and dilapidated ruins. It also features a cavern area where Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong ride around on a Mine Cart.


Code Name/Screenshot No. of Puzzle Pieces Description
1-1 Jungle Hijinxs
Jungle Hijinxs
9 The first level of the game that introduces the basic mechanics.
1-2 King of Cling
King of Cling
7 A level that introduces a grassy, green turf Donkey Kong can climb on.
1-3 Tree Top Bop
Tree Top Bop
5 A level with tilting trees and the first level with Rambi the Rhino.
1-4 DKCR sunset shore.jpg
Sunset Shore
5 The first silhouetted level in the game on a ridge by the seaside.
1-5 DKCR Canopy Cannons 1.png
Canopy Cannons
5 A jungle course with many Barrel Cannons.
1-6 Crazy Cart
Crazy Cart
5 The first level with Minecarts
1-K PlatformPanic.png
Platform Panic
5 The first secret course with platforms disappearing shortly after the Kongs step on them.
1-B Mugly
Mugly's Mound
0 The course where Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong face Mugly.


Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

  • Prima Strategy Guide: "The Jungle is the first world. This is Donkey Kong’s natural environment. There are lots of trees whose tops serve as platforms. Awks are one of the main enemies you face here, along with the tricky Frogoons. Of course, expect some of the Tikis, such as Tiki Goons and Tiki Dooms. This world is the least dangerous of the eight, so it is a great place for learning how to control Donkey Kong and experimenting with his various moves."


The Jungle diorama, unlocked after collecting all Puzzle Pieces in Platform Panic and defeating Mugly

The following is extra content that can be unlocked in the Jungle. The unlockables can be seen in their respective galleries after selecting the "EXTRAS" option in a file's menu. For a full list of extras in the game, see here.


Images are unlocked by collecting all Puzzle Pieces in certain levels. All images that can be unlocked in the Jungle area are listed below, along with their titles and the levels wherein they can be unlocked (mentioned in parentheses).


A soundtrack selection for this world can be unlocked after beating Mugly.

Audio.svg Jungle Hijinxs - Plays in Jungle Hijinxs and Tree Top Bop. Contains an arrangement of the first part of "DK Island Swing" from Donkey Kong Country.
File infoMedia:DKCR Jungle Hijinxs.oga
Audio.svg King of Cling - Plays in King of Cling and Canopy Cannons. It also plays in Clingy Swingy, Springy Spores, and Crushin' Columns of later worlds. It is an arrangement of the second part of "DK Island Swing" from Donkey Kong Country.
File infoMedia:DKCR King of Cling.oga
Audio.svg Palm Tree Groove - Plays in Sunset Shore; also plays in Foggy Fumes of the Factory world, and a rearrangement can be heard in Smokey Peak.
File infoMedia:DKCR Palm Tree Groove.oga
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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャングルエリア
Janguru Eria
Jungle Area
German Dschungel Jungle
Italian Giungla Jungle


  1. ^ KynanPearson (August 12, 2021). Tweet by Kynan Pearson (Archived). Twitter. Retrieved January 30, 2022.