You can arrange a short walking ( 2 houres ) with an armed guide along the bank of the Ruaha river. We had two experiences on this walk. The first was a meeting with an herd of 30 elephants in front of us. the second was a Leopard that crosed our trail, we can't decided who were more afraid- the Leopard or the Homo Erectus. The arrange of this walk is in the office of the N.P.
At Mapogoro village ,30 kilometers before the N.R. gate, every sunday there is a market day. the best time to come is at the afternoon. best thing to buy is the kanga cloth.