The guests in Captain Henry’s Honey Island Swamp Tour boat had a treat yesterday, as they caught the first sighting of Oreo’s babies.

Oreo is a beautiful wild boar who just so happens to be black and white in color. From the looks of it, she’s now a momma to quite a few baby boars who are about 1-2 weeks old.

Check out the photos below for a closer view!

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Have you come out on a Honey Island Swamp Tour with us? We’d love to see your pictures! Be sure to email them to us, or post on our Facebook or Twitter pages. You can even tag us on Pinterest or Instagram.

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Cajun Encounters Featured on “1st Look” with Audrina Patridge!!

Nothing beats the beauty of the Honey Island Swamp. We love working here, and having the opportunity to see so many smiling faces on our swamp tours.

Last week, one of those faces included The Hills alum Audrina Patridge . She and her team came out to visit while filming a new travel show for NBC called 1st Look.

1st Look is a travel show, so it makes sense why they came out to see us. You can’t visit New Orleans without seeing the Crescent City’s surrounding swamp! So much of our famous culture started right here.

We’ll be on the look out for the episode, and will post the footage right here on our blog. Be sure to check back soon to see it too. Better yet, set your DVR for 1st Look on NBC!!Honey Island Swamp Tour

World, Meet “Cochon.”

Thanks to everyone who submitted name suggestions for our adopted baby boar.

We’ve been overwhelmed, (in a good way), by the amount of feedback received through our Facebook page, email and Twitter accounts. It’s been a wild ride!

As you’ll recall, we adopted our little piglet a few weeks ago when he wondered away from his mother. Since then, we’ve built a very large pig pen out back for him, complete with his own “house,” running room, treats, and belly rubs throughout the day. He’s certainly been a hog for attention!!

The only thing needed to truly welcome this guy was a name of his own; and you all came to the rescue!

Some of the top names sent in were “Wilber,” “Porkchop,” “Cutie Pie,” and “Nola.” We had a team meeting and selected the top two for a run-off:

Nujac” (The word “Cajun” spelled backwards.)

Cochon” (Cajun French for “pig.”) and

In the end, Cajun French won out, for a memorable, fitting title. There were a few variations, but the one word name, “Cochon,” won out over its counterparts.

Pronounced “kosh-on,” the moniker was suggested by two of our Facebook fans. Each will be contacted shortly to receive their thank you gift of a FREE tour for two!!

Stay tuned for more pictures, news, and holiday fun from the team here at Cajun Encounters. Make sure to pay a visit, and meet our handsome new family member in his new home!

Cajun Encounters Gator Cake!!

Hey guys,

Check out this cute gator cake made by one of the Cajun Encounters’ team. How cute would this be for a birthday party?

And this cake isn’t the only thing we’ve got cookin’ up!

We’re hard at work perfecting our New Orleans city/cemetery tours, expanding on our plantation tours, and finding new ways to make our swamp tours the best around. We’re even working on tours in different languages!!

How’s that for team spirit? So if you are even thinking of booking a tour, having a birthday party, or just giving us a call, reach out to Cajun Encounters now while there’s still space available!

Catch Us On Facebook & Twitter!

We’re Cajun and we’re web savvy!!

Catch up with us, and let us catch up with you through our Facebook page. The page has taken on a life of its own, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

We’re also on Twitter, where we’ve been known to offer an exclusive deal here or there.

Follow us and see for yourself. …..or just use it to stay plugged into South Louisiana, where there’s always a new adventure to be had!

We’re Getting Excited for Jazz Fest

Well, it’s surely “festival season” down here in New Orleans. That’s what locals like to call this time of year, and yes, it is our favorite!

This Friday marks the start of The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, with acts like Wyclef Jean, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk and Coco Robicheaux taking the stage.

If you’re coming to town for the festival, remember to rest up, wear sunscreen, and have fun during your stay in the Big Easy.

As for us, the team here may take some time after our tours to take in the music and atmosphere. How could you not?

Remember, we can help with any transportation needs throughout your stay, and will be on standby with some fantastic tours of New Orleans to help you get the most out of your vacation here! Come pay us a visit!!

Doing Our Part

Cajun Encounters RecyclesWith Earth Day right around the corner, (April 22nd y’all!), we thought we’d take a second to remind everyone to stop, take a breath, and be mindful of their surroundings.

New Orleans, the Honey Island Swamp, Plantation Alley, and all of Louisiana has some of the most beautiful, memorable scenery you’ve ever laid eyes on.  If you have yet to visit, trust us on this one!

Down here, that savory backdrop is a part of life, a necessary component next to crawfish boils, red beans & rice, white “shrimp boots,” 4×4’s, and of course, some jazz or good brass band music.

And while the team here at Cajun Encounters loves to invite people into our world, we do that with a huge responsibility to the environment. It is with this in mind that we’ve implemented our recycling program, a complimentary service that allows our guests to know that they travel with a lesser “foot print.” Just take a look at one of our new recycling receptacles in the picture at right!!

So if you are coming to town in the near or far off future, welcome! Make sure to see, hear and smell as much as you can during your visit.  And remember, there are many ways to give back, be it at home or during a vacation, so perhaps start off small – like putting down your soda can in a bin as opposed to just throwing it out. Every little bit makes a difference!

In Town for St. Patrick’s Day? Join Cajun Encounters for a Tour!

It’s that time of year again, and we can’t think of anything greener than the Honey Island Swamp!!!

If you are in town for St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, then be sure to schedule your tour soon.

We also have incomparable city tours, so that you can take in the sights of New Orleans, along with some air conditioning, in style. We also have an AMAZING and EXTENSIVE plantation tour, for those interested in the antebellum way of life.

There’s even a discount if you book a combination of two or more tours! How more festive can you be? :-)

Happy Mardi Gras from Cajun Encounters!

Welcome to New Orleans, and welcome to one of the most exciting times of the year – Mardi Gras!

We at Cajun Encounters are super excited to share this experience with visitors, and we hope that your stay is even more than you had imagined (we know that it will be). Make sure to catch as many parades as you can, eat at some of New Orleans’ amazing restaurants, like Huck Finn’s Cafe on Decatur Street, and realize that carnival season is more about culture and bringing together friends and family than it is some of that vulgar stuff that you see on tv (that’s only here and there, people!).

While you are in town, be sure to keep us in mind for the best in New Orleans city tours, Honey Island swamp tours, plantation tours, and anything that you need in regard to transportation.

We are closed on Fat Tuesday, as the entire city shuts down for the fun and festivities, but each and every day around that, we are open and tours are in action!

Again, thanks for visiting the Crescent City. We know you’ll have a great time while you are here.

“How Should I Dress?” ..”What Should I Bring?” ..A Rundown of What to Expect on your Cajun Encounters Tour

We’ve been getting tons of feedback from both veteran and new tour-goers alike, and it is an honor to hear from such a dynamic and adventurous group of people.

In between the great comments, amazing tour photos, and usual feedback submitted, there are a few common questions that we’d like the chance to answer here on our blog.  We’ll try to answer the most common questions submitted, but if you don’t see your query below, don’t worry! Just write us directly and you should hear from us very soon.

  • “How should I dress for my tour?”

Dress how you would normally! Keep in mind that our tours are operated within the general New Orleans area, so it is usually warm outside. However, as with any city, it is best to check the local weather beforehand to get an idea of what is in store.

For swamp tours, we have both covered and uncovered boats. This means that can get just the amount of sun you wish throughout your excursion.

In addition, each of our tours, (swamp, plantation, city/cemetery and rebirth), require a some walking, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.  You might wish to apply sunscreen and bug repellent, for added protection.

  • “What should I bring along for my tour?”

First and foremost – bring a camera! You will be visiting some pretty unique places, and you’ll want to share your experience with friends and family back home. As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

You might wish to bring a snack for longer tours, and something to entertain the young ones while they are in transit to the next tour spot. Bring a little spending money, as you’ll be able to find some tough-to-find souvenirs. Some people also like to bring along notepads to take notes.

Most importantly, bring an open mind and your full attention! This is the chance to see, feel and hear some of the most historic and unique places in the Creole South! Take advantage!

  • “What if it rains or the weather is bad?”

New Orleans has a humid, sub tropical climate, so let’s just say “we’re prepared.”

The city/cemetery tours and rebirth tours are devised to be bus tours, for the most part, so you will get to see everything just as you would on a non-rainy day. There are a few stops, but you do not have to get out and look around if you do not wish to. Instead, you can take in the surroundings from the bus’s very large windows.

For the plantation tours, you do not have to go outside if you do not wish to. As with the city/cemetery tours, you will be able to take in the sites via the large bus windows on the way there, and for each plantation, there are both indoor and outdoor sections of the tour.

As mentioned above, we have procured both covered and non-covered boats for our swamp tours, so guests are covered in the case of rain . As with any boat tour, be prepared for a bit of splashing from the sides of the boat during fast travel, but this is not the kind of splashing that will ruin your outfit.  Of course, if it is a safety hazard, we will work with tour goers to find another tour time, tour, or other way to ensure that everyone has the best experience while in New Orleans. Generally speaking though, swamp tours are meant to be adventurous, and what’s more adventurous than taking in the swamp during a little drizzle?

  • “I want to see something not covered on your regular tour, do you take special requests?”

Certainly! However, to ensure that other guests on the tour receive the best experience possible, we ask that guest with extensive special requests book a private tour. (Our tours are jam-packed with things to see! Sometimes minor deviations in travel routes can cause tours to run over schedule. By booking a private tour, we can make sure that our tour planning specialists devise a route to get you the best for your buck!)

In any case, we at Cajun Encounters know that we can provide the best experience possible throughout your visit to New Orleans.  If you think you’d like to go on a tour, just give us a call.