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Mombasa, Kenya-port

Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, lying on the Indian Ocean. The town is mainly occupied by the Muslim Mijikenda/Swahili people. Over the centuries there have been many immigrants and traders who settled in Mombasa, particularly from Persia and the Middle East and Indian sub-continent who came mainly as traders and skilled craftsmen. Today, Mombasa is your gateway for exciting safaris to Tsavo, Maasi Mara and the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Taste of Swahili Cuisine
    Seated TourMeal
  • Amboseli Park By Air
    Seated TourRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Bombolulu and Haller Nature Park
  • Exectuive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Haller Nature Park
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Mombasa - a Glimpse of the Past
  • Mwaluganje Elephant Safari
    Regent Choice
  • Safari to Tsavo in Comfort
    Seated TourRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Shimba Hills For the Day
    Seated TourRegent ChoiceMeal

A Taste of Swahili Cuisine

Seated Tour Meal

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: MOM-012

Indulge your senses with the scenic beauty and unique flavors of Mombasa during this cooking demonstration at the Serena Beach Hotel.

Depart the pier for the brief sightseeing drive through picturesque Mombasa, across the New Nyali Bridge and on to the Serena Beach Hotel. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you to a reserved area on the hotel lawns. Here, you will meet your cook, or mpishi in Swahili, who will serve you a refreshing drink of fresh coconut milk, or madafu, before commencing the cooking demonstration.

You will then experience the different flavors and textures of the traditional spices and herbs that comprise Swahili seafood masala, or kuku paka. Your mpishi will then explain the order and amount of ingredients to be added to the dish, which includes cloves, cardamom, turmeric, garlic, ginger, green chilies, coconut milk, coriander, and fenugreek. Once the main dish has been prepared, the mpishi's assistant will show you how to prepare the traditional chapatis that will accompany the meal.

Next, you will be served a lunch consisting of the dishes prepared during the cooking demonstration. After lunch, you will be presented with an autographed recipe and a small spice bag to enable you to prepare these dishes when you get home.

Please note: At least 48 hours prior to this tour, guests will need to inform the Destination Services Manager if they would prefer a traditional seafood or chicken dish.