Jungle Japes

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This article is about the first area in Donkey Kong 64. For the stage in the Super Smash Bros. series, see Jungle Japes (stage).
Jungle Japes
Located Kong Isle
Entry requirement Meeting K. Lumsy inside his prison,
1 Golden Banana
Music track Lobby
Main Theme
Barrel Course
Enemies Gnawties, Zingers, Klumps, Kabooms, Krashes, Kasplats
Boss Army Dillo (fought by Donkey Kong)
Boss requirement 60 Bananas
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Jungle Japes is the first level in the game Donkey Kong 64. The entrance to it is located inside a cave on the base of DK Island. To access it, Donkey Kong must first go to K. Lumsy's Prison and talk to K. Lumsy, whose celebration causes a boulder blocking the Jungle Japes lobby to break open, revealing a Golden Banana. Donkey Kong then has to collect it so that B. Locker, who requires that Donkey Kong has at least one Golden Banana, allows him to enter.

As the first area of game, Jungle Japes is where the player can learn to do many things, such as collecting items and being able to turn into Rambi (something that only Donkey Kong can do). Diddy Kong is held captive here inside a prison cell in the mountain, and Donkey Kong can free him by hitting three Target Switches. It is also the first location of the Funky's Store and Snide's HQ. The most hidden area of the jungle requires Tiny Kong to shoot both Feather Switches with her Feather Bow. Army Dillo is fought as the boss at the end, although only Donkey Kong can face off against him.

Golden Bananas

Kongs Golden Bananas

Donkey Kong
After DK climbs to where Diddy is caged, he will find a Golden Banana for the taking.
After shooting the coconut switches on Diddy's cell and freeing him, DK will be able to claim a Golden Banana from his cell.
After DK turns into Rambi the Rhino and recovers the DK switch near Cranky's Lab, he can Simian Slam it to gain another Golden Banana near the entrance to the main jungle area (this banana isn't timed, although the other Kong's are).
Towards the entrance to the main jungle area (above the giant bolder), DK can Baboon Blast to a Barrel Blast challenge (once he's learned Baboon Blast from Cranky). Once completed successfully, DK will receive a Golden Banana.
In the cave entrance by the large boulder, DK's blueprint can be obtained by demolishing Kasplat.

Diddy Kong
After Diddy shoots two peanut switches in the cave leading to the main jungle area, Diddy can go in the alcove and snag the Golden Banana.
After DK (as Rambi the Rhino) destroys all the huts near Cranky's Lab, Diddy's switch appears under one of the huts. Diddy can Simian Slam it to race towards the temporarily freed Golden Banana by Funky's Armory.
After Diddy shoots the peanut switch by Bananaporter 2, the giant tree by the Bananaporter will sprout a temporary Ramp. Diddy can go up and into the open alcove. The alcove reveals a whole mine. After Diddy blasts the peanut switch in the mine, a ramp will appear for 30 seconds to a Diddy Switch. Once he uses the Simian Slam on the switch he can go to the top of the giant tree to get his Golden Banana. After grabbing this Golden Banana, Bananaporter #5 (which leads to the hidden secluded area) appears.
Diddy's Mine Cart challenge is inside the giant tree mine. In the mine cart challenge, Diddy needs to collect at least 50 coins to get the Golden Banana.
Diddy's Kasplat is in the Bananaporter 3's cave. Once obtained, Diddy can cash it into Snide to get a Golden Banana.

Lanky Kong
After uncovering Lanky's switch using DK as Rambi, Lanky can Simian Slam his switch and race to his Golden banana by the cannon across from Funky's Amory.
By using his Orangstand, Lanky can go up the steep slant by Cranky's area and play a Bonus Game for a Golden Banana.
After Diddy opens the alcove in the cave that leads to Jungle Japes' main area, Lanky can shoot his Grape switch and free a Bonus Barrel and play to get a Golden Banana.
After Diddy frees the cave by Diddy's Kasplat with the peanut switch, Lanky can Orangstand up the hill and blast the bees inside to free a Golden Banana.
Lanky's Kasplat is by the Bonus barrel near Cranky's Area. Lanky can get the blueprint and Snide will give him a Golden Banana.

Tiny Kong
In the alcove Diddy freed in the cave by the main entrance to Jungle Japes, Tiny can shoot the feather switch to free a Bonus game for a Golden Banana.
After Rambi (DK) frees the Tiny Switch, she can race to her Golden Banana near the alcove by the main water area by using her Simian Slam on the switch.
Following the cave out near DK's Kasplat, Tiny can shoot the feather switches and enter another part of Jungle Japes. By jumping into her barrel, she can shrink and hop into a small trunk and collect the Golden Banana.
Tiny can shrink once more and go into a tiny beehive near her barrel. She can then go through the many rooms and up a flight a riveted stairs to another Golden Banana.
Tiny's Kasplat is right diagonal from DK's Kasplat. She can destroy him for a blueprint which can be traded for a Golden Banana from Snide.

Chunky Kong
Chunky can destroy the big bolder in the main Jungle area and it will labor a Golden Banana.
Once the boulder's gone, Chunky can Simian Slam the giant "X" under it and go down into a catacomb. He can make his way down a narrow path, blast the right pineapple switch (the statue's left eye) and swing to the Golden Banana.
Chunky can lift a bolder in the mileway after DK has rammed (as Rambi) into the giant Rambi wall blocking his Switch. He can Simian Slam it, then race to his Golden Banana near Snide's HQ.
Once Chunky has learned Hunky Chunky, he can use his barrel move and jump to a Barrel bonus Game near the beehive.
Chunky's Kasplat is on the left side after you shoot the statue's right eye. He can swing on the ropes to get onto the platform.


  • Donkey Kong 64 instruction booklet (page 20): "The first level for you to monkey around in. Its humid tunnels and lush open areas are home to the shuffling Gnawty beavers with whom even a second-rate player like you should have no problem. Drop in to see Funky – and more importantly me – to buy your first desperately-needed new abilities. The imprisoned Diddy Kong should be your first objective, as the careless chimp takes you on a real wild ride!" - Cranky Kong


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャングルガーデン
Janguru Gāden
Jungle Garden
French Jobards des Jungles Jungle Japes
German Tropen Trubel Tropic Trouble
Italian Scherzi da Giungla Jungle Pranks
Spanish Jungla Jocosa Humorous Jungle


  • The level's main music theme is an arrangement of "DK Island Swing" from the game Donkey Kong Country.
  • The Donkey Kong Country level Jungle Hijinxs was originally known as "Jungle Japes" during development.