Orang-utan Gang

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Orang-utan Gang
Orang-utan Gang.png
Level code 3 - 5 (SNES & GBC)
3 - 4 (GBA)
World Vine Valley
Game Donkey Kong Country
Music track DK Island Swing
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Orang-utan Gang, also spelled Orang Utan Gang[1] or Orang-Utan Gang in the Game Boy Advance remake, is the fifteenth level of Donkey Kong Country and the fifth level of Vine Valley. In the Game Boy Advance remake, Orang-utan Gang was shifted to the fourth level of Vine Valley, making it the fourteenth level overall. By completing the level, the Kongs can access Cranky's Cabin and the next level, Clam City.


Orang-utan Gang is the last jungle level in the game, and it involves Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong having to walk along the treetops. It is the first level with Manky Kongs, who stand on the treetops and throw barrels at Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Shortly before the Continue Barrel, the Kongs can jump on an animal crate to release Expresso the Ostrich and ride him for the rest of the level. There are five Bonus Levels in Orang-utan Gang, the most of any level in the Donkey Kong franchise, and Expresso is required to reach a Bonus Level hidden under the start of the level.

At the start of the level, if Donkey Kong and Diddy walk left, they can pick up a steel keg on a tree, circled by a Zinger. If they pick it up and throw it to the treetop on the left, the Kongs can jump on the rolling steel keg to ride through most of the beginning portion of the level.

In the original version, the level starts during the day and gradually transitions to sunset. In the Game Boy Color version, the entire level takes place during the daytime. In the Game Boy Advance version, the entire level takes place during a sunset.


Diddy rides down some vines on a barrel
The primates ride on Expresso in an area shortly before the Continue Barrel

The Kongs begin the level on a line of treetops. The sets of trees in the level are connected by vines that Kritters bounce along. Behind the start, they can find a Zinger circling a Steel Barrel. After another vine, there is a curved trail of bananas nearby that lead to a solid area of land with a DK Barrel and two Klaptraps on it. This area is followed by an abyss with more treetops connected by vines with Kritters hopping along them and a Zinger circling the K Letter in the middle. More treetops are ahead, and all of them have vines. The Kongs can then find a large piece of land that consists of many ledges that hold a few Klaptraps. A small platform between pits holds the letter O. They can also find a crate containing Expresso on the top of the area, which is followed by treetops with the level's Continue Barrel.

A second DK Barrel is found on another tree following an abyss. After passing some more treetops with Manky Kongs and a tree with another Steel Barrel, there is a small pit followed by two more trees that are connected to another pair of trees with a vine. After passing another Manky Kong, the Kongs can reach an area of land that consists of a few large ledges. After that, there is a that leads to a Klaptrap and the letter N. They can find an additional Klaptrap on a higher part of the large platform, which is immediately followed by a pair of trees that hold a DK Barrel. After that, there are more sets of trees, vines, enemies, and Manky Kongs.

The Kongs then reach another large area of land that features a large alcov with a barrel. The Kongs can also find a tall piece of land behind it that they can reach with Expresso. This area contains a Tire that can help the Kongs break two ground patches that release items. After passing through the rest of the area, they can find two pairs of trees that are connected by twisted vines. Once a Manky Kong is passed, there is a large area of land with a sign on it. A tunnel leading out of the level is located after the Kongs climb over a raised piece of land with a Kritter on it.


Name Count
A sprite of a Klaptrap in Donkey Kong Country
Klaptrap (blue)
A gray Kritter.
Kritter (gray)
Manky Kong in Donkey Kong Country.
Manky Kong
A pink Zinger
Zinger (red)

Items and objects[edit]

Sprite Name Amount
An animal token of Expresso in Donkey Kong CountryAn animal token of Rambi in Donkey Kong CountryAn animal token of Winky in Donkey Kong CountryAn animal token of Enguarde in Donkey Kong Country Rambi, Expresso, Enguarde, and Winky animal tokens 5 (Each of the four types are obtainable in a Bonus Level. The Kongs can get an additional Enguarde Token by riding Expresso on top of a mountain.)
Sprite of a Barrel in Donkey Kong Country. Barrel 1
Sprite of a DK Barrel in Donkey Kong Country. DK Barrel 4
A Life Balloon in Donkey Kong Country. Life Balloon 5 (in Bonus Levels)
A steel keg from Donkey Kong Country. Steel keg 2
A round Tire in Donkey Kong Country. Tire 4

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

Image Location
Orang-utan Gang Near the start, the letter K is over a small gap, circled by a Zinger, after some bouncing Kritters.
The letter O in Orang-Utan Gang The letter O is on a small platform directly under the Expresso Crate. The Kongs must do a small jump to go across the small abyss, else they land on the ground above.
The letter N in Orang-Utan Gang An area full of Klaptraps is located immediately before the second DK Barrel from the Continue Barrel. The letter N stands on the edge of a low cliff at the bottom of this area.
The letter G in Orang-Utan Gang Inside the fourth bonus level, the Kongs must bounce from a floating, round tire to pound a weak spot in the ground, revealing it.


Image Name Location
Sprite of a photograph from both Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country on Game Boy Advance. Photograph (Game Boy Advance version) Expresso flies into the photograph on the path to the first Bonus Level. The photograph shows an image of Diddy Kong riding Expresso for their scrapbook.

Bonus Levels[edit]

Image Type and description
Orang-utan Gang Spell it Out!
After freeing Expresso from his animal crate, the Kongs and Expresso must backtrack to the first DK Barrel of the level. The Kongs can defeat the bouncing Kritters along the way so that Expresso does not hit into them and run away. From the first DK Barrel, Expresso must jump off the left edge and flap all the way down to the bottom-left area of the level; from there, the Kongs and Expresso can land on a hidden platform with an opening. By walking into the opening, the Kongs enter the first Bonus Level. In the Bonus Level, the Kongs must jump at orbiting letters to spell out the names of the four Animal Friends, in order of: Winky, Rambi, Enguarde, and Expresso. For each Animal Friend's name that the Kongs spell correctly, they are rewarded an animal token of that Animal Friend. After winning or losing, the Kongs exit back into the main level.

In the Game Boy Advance version, the Kongs only spell out "Winky" because in that version, if they get three animal tokens, they do not continue to an Animal Bonus until after the Bonus Level is completed.

The second Bonus Stage in Orang-Utan Gang Collect the Prizes!
To get in the second Bonus Level, the Kongs must must have Expresso with them and then travel to the area with the letter N. Expresso must jump off the cliff and glide over an abyss to the right until he lands on a platform. From there, he must glide over another abyss and land on a platform with a barrel. The Kongs must dismount Expresso and use the barrel to break open a wall on the right, and then walk into the opening to access the Bonus Level. There, the Kongs must bounce on a floating round tire to land on three ground patches. From left to right, the items hid under the respective patches are: a DK Barrel, a Life Balloon, and a Banana Bunch. Donkey Kong and Diddy can exit through a small opening to the right.
The third Bonus Stage in Orang-Utan Gang Collect the Prizes!
After the letter N, the Kongs must go across another set of treetops and pass two bouncing Kritters and two Manky Kongs. After this, they must continue by another two bouncing Kritters and then pick up a barrel. (They must avoid Manky's barrels hit the barrel or else they lose a chance to enter the Bonus Level) Once they pick up the barrel, Donkey Kong and Diddy must drop into a gap between the ground and treetop, move past a tire stuck in the ground, and go down another gap and hit the barrel against the left wall in the second gap. They must then walk into the opening to enter the Bonus Level.

There, Donkey Kong and Diddy must bounce on a tire and land on two distinguished patches on the ground to win either two Life Balloons or two Banana Bunches, one per ground patch. Once done, the Kongs can exit to the right. (In the original version, there is a glitch where if the Kongs bounce on the nearby tire, the opened cave closes back up.)

The fourth Bonus Stage in Orang-Utan Gang Collect the Prizes!
The fourth Bonus Level is accessed similarly to the third one. The difference is that instead of dropping into the gap with the third Bonus Level, the Kongs must jump over the gap and run the barrel into a wall to the right. This creates an opening into the Bonus Level. The Bonus Level looks almost the same as the second and third ones except that there is only one patch on the ground (instead of three or two in the respective two previous Bonus Levels). The Kongs must bounce on the tire and land on the patch to collect the letter G. They can exit the area to the right.
Orang-utan Gang Find the Exit!
Near the third and fourth Bonus Levels is the final Manky Kong. To access the Bonus Level, the Kongs must jump over Manky Kong. They must wait for Manky Kong to throw a barrel, which rolls along the ground before eventually hitting a nearby wall to the left of an arrow sign pointing to the nearby exit. It creates an opening in the wall, which the Kongs must walk into to enter the stage's fifth and final Bonus Level. There, they must break an Expresso Crate and ride him over a wide abyss. There are four groups of bananas shaped like a right arrow that point in the direction that Expresso must glide. A platform with a Life Balloon is at the other end, along with the exit.


Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Game Boy Color[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese うらぎりマンキーコングのもり
Uragiri Mankī Kongu no mori
Traitor Manky Kong's Forest
French Gang Orang-outan (SNES)
Gang Outang (GBC)
German Affenbande (SNES)
Orang-Utan-Klan (GBC/GBA)
Simian Gang
Orang-Utan Clan
Italian Banda di Orangutan Band of Orangutan
Spanish Banda Orangután


  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) Issue #28, page 58.