Jungle (Donkey Kong Country Returns)

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First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)
Located Kong Isle
Levels 8 (7 regular, 1 boss level)
Boss(es) Mugly
Next world(s) Beach
World map

The Jungle is the first world featured in Donkey Kong Country Returns and its Nintendo 3DS remake, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. It consists of eight levels, with the final one being a boss fight against Mugly, who is possessed by Kalimba.

Jungle 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 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]

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


This world is a jungle with dense vegetation and tall trees, and presence of some ruins (similar to ones in the third world). There is located Donkey and Diddy Kong's Treehouse. The first Cranky Kong's Shop is also located in the area, where the player can purchase optional items to use during levels and the Map Key to open the locked level Sunset Shore.

As initial world in both games, the Jungle levels introduce the physics and both Donkey Kong's and Diddy Kong's moves. In Jungle Hijinxs, the player learns about blow on plants to reveal items and ground-pound objects and platforms to reveal items and open paths. In King of Cling, the Kongs are taught about grassy surfaces where the primates can cling and move at any direction. In Tree Top Bop, the Rambi is presented as means to destroy obstacles and find hidden paths. In Canopy Cannons, most of level traversal is made by using Barrel Cannons. And in Crazy Cart, the use of mine cart vehicles to travel through mine tracks is introduced.

The boss level, Mugly's Mound, serves as residence to Mugly, a sharp-backed, rhino-like creature with a big appetite for anything (and everything; even the Kongs!). When meeting the primates, the creature ignores Donkey and Diddy Kong initially, because he is busy eating bananas. But soon Mugly ends hypnotized and possessed by Kalimba and attacks the heroes.

The most common enemies in the Jungle world are Awks, Frogoons and Tiki Goons.

List of levels[edit]

Level Description Enemies

Jungle Hijinxs
Donkey Kong begins his journey, after he kicks Kalimba out of his home. Here he starts the new moves and all bananas from hoard are taken in an airship.
  • Puzzle Piece 1: Inside from empty hoard.
  • Puzzle Piece 2: On a high branch containing a dandelion. First he must climb a branch where the K is and come back climbing the others.
  • Puzzle Piece 3: Destroying two Screaming Pillars on top of each other.
  • Puzzle Piece 4: On a larger bud in the middle of the small buds.
  • Puzzle Piece 5: Get all the bananas on the two Mugly statues.
  • Puzzle Piece 6: On back structure containing a dandelion.
  • Puzzle Piece 7: In the bonus area located at the background of a monkey-faced structure.
  • Puzzle Piece 8: On first pillar behind the bridge.
  • Puzzle Piece 9: Hidden at the end of the level.
Tiki Goon
Screaming Pillar

King of Cling
This level introduces Climbing Grass that Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong can climb on the walls and wheels. They must also watch out for Chomps along the way.
  • Puzzle Piece 1: Hidden in foliage behind the letter K.
  • Puzzle Piece 2: Hidden in the same foliage back.
  • Puzzle Piece 3: Hidden in the second foliage.
  • Puzzle Piece 4: At the background where the letter O is, there is a skull barrel on top.
  • Puzzle Piece 5: Inside the big upside-down sprout is a giant Chomp.
  • Puzzle Piece 6: Hidden in a rock behind the small bud.
  • Puzzle Piece 7 Hidden in another rock behind the red flower.
Tiki Zing

Tree Top Bop
Here is a smaller variety of ruins in the jungle and Rambi makes his appearance.
  • Puzzle Piece 1: It is in front of a huge pit.
  • Puzzle Piece 2: It's in a bonus located in the first spear field that only Rambi can knock them down.
  • Puzzle Piece 3: Hidden in the 3 stone barriers that are in the long spear field.
  • Puzzle Piece 4: It is in a bonus located in yet another spear field that ends in stone barriers.
  • Puzzle Piece 5: Hidden at the end of the level.
Tiki Doom
Tiki Buzz

Sunset Shore
The first silhouette level on seaside with sunset. But first, he need to buy a Cranky Kong key to unlock this level.
  • Puzzle Piece 1: Hidden at the beginning of the level.
  • Puzzle Piece 2: Hidden below in a sinking floor where DK must stand until the sun shines.
  • Puzzle Piece 3: Hidden in the wall where an Awk appears.
  • Puzzle Piece 4: Over the crooked double platforms.
  • Puzzle Piece 5: Hidden at the end of the line above a dinosaur statue.
Tiki Goon

Canopy Cannons
The pair must enter the barrel cannons and be very careful of the spear-covered structures that bounce off the drums.
  • Puzzle Piece 1: Hidden on small bud.
  • Puzzle Piece 2: Shoot down if it's the middle directional barrel.
  • Puzzle Piece 3: In the bonus area located below the walkway.
  • Puzzle Piece 4: Hidden in the small bud behind the two green Awks.
  • Puzzle Piece 5: Shoot the top banana if the second directional barrel that moves across.
Tiki Zing
Screaming Pillar

Crazy Cart
Here it introduces a mine cart ride and is the second time that can go off the rails.
  • Puzzle Piece 1: Hidden at the beginning of the level.
  • Puzzle Piece 2: In the bonus area located on the upper left edge.
  • Puzzle Piece 3: At the end of the trail below.
  • Puzzle Piece 4: In the path where there are brambles above
  • Puzzle Piece 5: After the banana bunch.
Mole Miner
Tiki Buzz

Platform Panic
This is the first key temple where the objective is to go through the falling platforms to get the orb. For that, the pair have to complete the letters KONG in all the stages of the place.
  • Puzzle Piece 1: Jump on 4 Tiki Buzzes.
  • Puzzle Piece 2: Hidden in the first jar.
  • Puzzle Piece 3: Wait for the first platform to fall to get it below.
  • Puzzle Piece 4: Jump on the tire quickly to get it.
  • Puzzle Piece 5: Jump on the first Tiki Buzz
Tiki Goon
Tiki Doom
Tiki Zing
Tiki Buzz

Boss level: Mugly's Mound
In this battle, the pair must jump on Mugly's back and belly. But watch out for the spikes that sometimes grow on the back, get under the heels and jump from the dash attack on him. None


  • Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide (page 18): "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."

Names in other languages[edit]

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


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