* Prices may differ from that shown
When we purchased our TP challenger climbing frame it did come complete with a monkey bridge and a jungle run. These look very similar to the naked eye, but when my nearly 3 year old started to climb them he showed a strong preference for climbing up the monkey bridge rather than the jungle run.
It took me ages to figure out why, as both have 5 steps to climb up, and rungs to swing across. (Jungle run has 5 while the monkey bridge has 6.) They both also have a foot high hand rail for an extra sense of security for the climber and safety for the watching parent.
My husband had to point out to me that the steps on the jungle run are spaced slightly further apart which makes it more difficult for a 3 foot 6 inches high child compared to his 4 foot tall brother.
The jungle run is also slightly taller to accomodate the challenger den and platform section of the climbing frame if you incorporate this feature. This sits under about half of the jungle run which means that actually, for swinging along, the jungle run is very poor as there is just not enough room to do it. Therefore, we find the kids only tend to climb up the ladder on the jungle run and across the top as an alternative access to the den and slide section of the climbing frame.
If you want a den on your climbing frame, this part of the frame is essential so therefore it comes in all of the packages that i have seen for sale. The monkey bridge usually has to be purchased as an extra.
If you were buying the jungle run seperately you would be looking at paying £60 for it, compared to £72 for the monkey bridge. For climbing and swinging, i would say that the monkey bridge is superior, but if you want a den you must purchase a jungle run. I think i am going to give it 3 stars as it is just an average bit of the frame really. Not awful, but not as much fun as the rest of it.