So I have been asked this question by my Aunt so many times since I started writing these odd little pieces. I think it’s time I got round to it.

What is the difference between a Forest and a Jungle?

My sources, (known as Google) showed me several articles as to why there is a difference.
Jungle in the dictionary is described as :

  •  A wild land overgrown with dense vegetation, often nearly impenetrable.

Whereas, if you looked under Forest, you would find:

  • A large tract of land covered with trees and underbrush; woodland.

Interestingly, (the links below will take you to a website that will explain it a little better) a Jungle is in fact a type of forest, but as we all know the forests that surround us here in Britain are all strangely uni-formal. If you walk through a forest near to your home you’ll notice that there is an order of the trees.
A jungle is a labyrinth of trees, shrubbery and animals that we would not find in our country (let’s face it, we would be terrified)

If you look at photo of a jungle and a forest you can see the difference yourself. It seems like such a small thing to divide them, but it actually looks entirely different. A jungle has a thin canopy of trees which allows more sunlight to reach the ground below allowing more life to grow, where a forest tends to be quite a dark place, with a spooky feeling that something is going to be chasing you within minutes.


The lovely website Diffen gives you a table that lets you know the differences and even the comparisons between the two which I found to be an enlightening read, you can find the link at the bottom of the page.

So… Interestingly enough ‘All jungles can be forests but not all forests can be jungles.’ Jungles can be found in warmer climates which allows the shrubbery and vegetation to grow rather than in colder countries where none of it would survive the weather.

There you go… So, that is the difference between a jungle and a forest. It is not a very big difference on paper, but when you see it through a photo… wow… there it is.

I hope we all learned a new thing today 🙂

If you have any questions or queries that seem too odd, I want to hear them all.



Diffen – Jungle vs Forest

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