We spent two wonderful nights here at the start of our holiday in Tanzania. Whisked from the airport in our air conditioned car to the amazing Oyster Bay. Maretha and her staff made us feel so welcome and we instantly felt at home.
We had requested twin beds and our room/suite was beautifully presented with our twin beds, a sitting area and huge bathroom. Amazingly we were offered a second room next door if we wished to use it so that we would not even have to share!!! Can you believe that? The one room was perfect but we were very impressed.
We had dinner our first evening and lunch and dinner the next day. Breakfast was served in our room. The food is delicious, beautifully cooked and presented. Maretha had arranged to serve huge prawns, more like lobsters, at the request of some other guests, we were lucky to be there that day. We had a swim in the lovely pool in the beautiful gardens.
Maretha took us to the Oyster Bay shopping area behind the hotel and we exchanged our money there for Tanzanian shillings, We got a very good rate, much better than we saw at the airport. There are also some great little shops there for quality gifts. We took a taxi, Maretha found her local honest driver, to the Slipway shopping centre and also to 'Wonder Workshops' which supports a group of disabled artisans making handmade products from scrap metal. Reasonably priced and very funky we bought several small ones. Oyster Bay has some huge examples in their gardens.
Whilst we were at Oyster Bay we were fortunate to meet Charley Bailey who owns Oyster Bay and Beho Beho in the Selous. A great character, we spent a very enjoyable evening listening to Charley's stories. When we stayed at Beho Beho later in our trip the young Tanzanian guides there told us how much Charley has helped them with their education, travel and overall support and how Maretha had helped train them and had also become their friend. It was really great to meet people who were trying to make a difference and obviously cared for the people working for them.
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