Kenya holidays offer best value, says study

Basing your vacation choices on surveys is not most people's usual way of doing things, but one new survey at least shows the amazing value for money to be had on Kenya holidays.

Kenya had the lowest total costs of any long-haul destination in a study of ten Commonwealth countries carried out by M&S Money. Coming third behind Malta and Cyprus overall, the East African nation was the cheapest place outside of the Mediterranean, beating places like New Zealand and even South Africa.

Excluding flights, Kenya offers the best value for money of all ten countries, which also included Canada and Barbados. Kenya was the best-value destination at £988, despite a rise of 13.65 per cent in costs in the country in the last 12 months.

Jane Lawson, head of travel money at M&S Money, said: "In the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year many people will be tempted to follow in the footsteps of the Royal Family and see what the Commonwealth has to offer."

"Luckily, favourable exchange rates and lower inflation mean many countries in the Commonwealth offer great value for money."

For anyone with a real interest in the Queen this year, Kenya was where were the young Elizabeth was told of her father's death, a fact that made her the monarch some 60 years ago.

What is there to do in Kenya?

Kenya has lots to offer first-time tourists, from fabulous beaches to some of the most beautiful and rarest wildlife in the world. Safaris are what make the country famous, but it has lots more to it than that.

The crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean wash the east coast of the country, making it the perfect place to hang out and relax on a honeymoon.