Greystoke Mahale epitomises the phrase 'castaway chic'. From the steeply pitched grass roofs to the fittings made from fishermen's dhows, everything in the six beachfront bandas (huts) is a pleasure to look at.

You won't mind not having assorted 21st-century gadgetry, as you'll be too busy swimming among the tiny (harmless) jellyfish in the gin-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, performing yoga asanas on the platform of your banda while a warthog snuffles around below, or watching the sun go down over cocktails. And then there's the food - how the chef produces such extraordinary meals in the middle of nowhere is miraculous.

Wow factor: The chance to view chimpanzees up close.

Flight time: From 15 hours via Arusha.

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