In parts of the Serengeti there are granite outcroppings called kopjes; huge rocks in the center of the savannah. Sometimes the kopjes are accompanied by a few trees and plants. Hollows in the rock catch rainwater, providing moisture for plants to grow.
The word originates from Afrikaans and means “little head” in Dutch. The result of volcanic activity, these rocks vary in size and shape, and are home to many different wildlife. Granite formations rising up out of the flat grasslands, they have a vague resemblance to a head. When pronounced, the word sounds like “copy.”
Our safari vehicle circled around this kopje and we found several cheetah here who were using the rocks for height to aid in their hunting. Faster than any land animal, the cheetah runs with the grace of wind. We were lucky to come upon this fast and fierce wild animal while he was still.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander