On arrival in this area, campers should stop and sign in at the smart new wooden office of the camp's warden, which you'll find immediately next to Xakanaxa airstrip (GPS: XAKAIR). This is about 3.5km southeast of the camps. If you arrive from North Gate, then you'll pass this on your right; if you're coming from Third Bridge or South Gate then follow the signs to North Gate and watch for it on your left as you start to drive east. (Don't confuse this with a disused strip that's about 1km west of the new one.)
On the east side of Camp Okuti, the Xakanaxa Campsite is a marvellous place to stay. Here about eight vaguely marked sites blend into one long camping area, which stretches along this tip of the Mopane Tongue. Facilities are very limited, with very basic toilets and showers, plus water taps dotted around the sites, their knobs encased in huge slabs of concrete to protect them from the elephants who love such clean water.
I've always loved these sites, and on my last visit in September the purple hanging flowers of the Kalahari appleleaf (Lonchocarpus nelsii
) were in full force, reminding me of small jacaranda trees. However, as with Third Bridge, this is an area of particularly dense game, so always remain vigilant as you move about the campsite, making sure that you keep your eyes out for animals at all times.