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4.8 Stars - Based on 4143 User Reviews
Sharon Z. Avatar
Sharon Z.
5/04/2021 - Google

My husband and I went on the swamp tour during our first visit to Louisiana. It was fun from the minute the bus driver Sunshine picked us up near our hotel. The drop off center had clean bathrooms, a nice gift shop, and a comfortable waiting area outside under the pavilion. Our Caption, Luca, made the experience even... read more

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Anthony &.
4/20/2021 - Google

We took our first swamp boat tour, with Capt. John. He was awesome! So knowledgeable about the plants and animals in the swamp. We had a cool rainy day and the animals weren't wanting to cooperate, but somehow Capt. John made it happen, we got to see all the animals you would if it had been sunny. Capt. John is... read more

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4/12/2021 - Google

The tour is great and our guide Captain Chris is super funny and informative. He introduced us about the living condition of the alligators, the history of the trees, and some fun stories of local life, which makes the trip so bold. We got to see alligators and amazing views of the swamp. Chris often adjusts the position of the... read more

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Justin M.
4/06/2021 - Google

First time visiting ‘NOLA’. We decided to do a city tour to get a lay of the land. This tour was AMAZING!!! Butch was our guide. His knowledge was great and his driving was impeccable. Butch was hospitable and friendly. My only regret is that the tour was over so soon. I could have spent an entire day on... read more

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Bobby H.
3/14/2021 - Google

It was a little busy when I arrived at check in, but then it became very well organized. We did see an amazing number of animals in the swamp - I was really impressed.

This was a great value. I will do this swamp tour again.

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Breez C.
3/13/2021 - Google

Took the 2 hour Swamp tour with captain Stephen and it was awesome!! Me and my fiancee had so much fun. We saw lots of gators, snakes, turtles, hawks and even wild pigs!! Captain Stephen was lots of fun, and very informative. He even had a list of great seafood restaurants in the New Orleans area. If you’re taking a... read more

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Erin C.
3/09/2021 - Google

This tour exceeded our expectations completely!! It was fantastic! Captain Sunny was the BEST! Funny and knowledgeable and personable. The best tour guide and captain!! We got to see so many alligators but also had raccoon and hog encounters that were up close and personal, which was incredible and fun. What a delight!! We also got a see an alligator... read more

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Christian A.
3/05/2021 - Google

The swamp tour was Amazing! Our tour guide, Dezi (sorry if misspelled), did an excellent job of giving us an excellent tour of the habitat. We saw a number of different wildlife including wild hog, raccoons, white egrets, blue herons, alligators, diamondback water snakes, Pearl River map turtles, red ear sliders, and more. Such a great experience to see... read more

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Lynnsay B.
1/03/2021 - Google

I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm more of an indoor activity type person but I am so glad we booked this! Our tour guide was hilarious! We saw 4 gators at the end of December, which is a rare time to see them, and a lot or turtles. I recommend taking a swamp tour to everyone now! The best... read more

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Timothy P.
11/28/2020 - Google

Great experience with Captain Stephen Black. Speaker was very informative and people person interactive with adults and kids during our tour. You will also learn about the alligator populations over the years and be able to differentiate between alligators/crocodiles and other types of wildlife species. Outstanding adventure while on our trip to New Orleans from California. Captain Black's humor went... read more

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KDiddle D.
11/24/2020 - Google

As always, a wonderful adventure, in and out of alligator season. The guides know these Gators as neighbors. But that's only one of the many animals and plant species in a species rich region you'll be alerted too. A jewel of a swamp and Gems of the industry. Highly recommended.

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Sarah B.
11/23/2020 - Google

If you’re looking for a great place to get to see the Louisiana swaps, look no further. Such a great tour! The staff was professional and friendly. Our Captain Stephen was so awesome. He is knowledgeable and funny.
Thank you Cajun Encounters for such a good experience!

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Sam D.
11/19/2020 - Google

What a fantastic experience! While on vacation my family and I decided randomly to go on a swamp tour in Louisiana and this company was recommended. I'll admit, I wasn't expecting much more than seeing just a few animals on the shore line (if that!).
Instead what we got was not only an extremely information and hilarious guide, but also close...
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Jon K. Avatar
Jon K.
11/10/2020 - Google

This was TOTALLY worth the money! It has been the most enjoyable time we've had in New Orleans. Our guide was phenomenal. The scenery was gorgeous. The wildlife was close enough up to see and take great photos. What a thrill.

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Tamara D.
11/08/2020 - Google

The swamp tour with Luca was amazing! I was against going on a swamp tour but when it was done it was easily the best part of our trip to Louisiana! Luca was very informative, and had a great time with us all. We saw alligators, snakes, hogs, raccoons, and birds. I would highly recommend for anyone!!

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Toi S.
10/27/2020 - Google

It was so fun I did the tour twice. My first captain was Luka. Very nice and full of great swamp facts. My second captain was Stephan. He was funny and also very knowledgeable of the swamp. Both tours we saw a bunch of gators, a couple snakes, a pig, bunch of birds and a few raccoons. If your looking... read more

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Adrianna M.
10/22/2020 - Google

This was The Best Experience!! Captain John was such a GREAT guide! I would absolutely go back and plan on taking all my family when they come to visit. He showed us so many cool things and you could tell he was a local with all the knowledge he had, and how smooth the ride was! Very cool and kid... read more

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Robert B.
10/13/2020 - Google

Well worth the money I spent on the tour. Not only was it educational but quite enjoyable. the boat capt was informative and funny. The gift shop was nice also!

Joyce P. Avatar
Joyce P.
10/11/2020 - Google

We enjoyed two tours with this company and both were very professionally done. Our driver was very professional and informative.
The Swamp tour was fun. We saw lots of alligators, critters (spiders) and enjoyed a family of raccoons. The boat guide was informative and explained lots about the area.
The Plantation tour was also very professional, the tour bus...
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Dennis G. Avatar
Dennis G.
10/10/2020 - Google

Amazing trip. I had done a boat tour in Everglades in Florida, and this one was much better. We saw over a dozen alligators (mostly small to medium size, and one large), 2 wild boars, a dozen raccoons, many turtles and beautiful birds. The tour took almost 2 hours. Highly recommended.

Mary R. Avatar
Mary R.
10/03/2020 - Google

Great tour! Captain John was knowledgeable, interesting, and funny. We saw so much wildlife. This was one of the highlights of our whole trip! I'd recommend it to anyone.

Amy S. Avatar
Amy S.
10/03/2020 - Google

We had an amazing tour in a small boat through the swamps. Captain Sunny was hilarious and knowledge. We learned about history, ecology, and about all the animals. We saw gators, pigs, raccoons, herons, and spiders. Cajun Encounters is also more eco friendly, using boats with fewer emissions and not feeding the gators marshmallows. Highly recommend this swamp tour as... read more

Patrick T. Avatar
Patrick T.
10/02/2020 - Google

Just an amazing tour!!! Our boat Captain, Captain Stephen, was just the best and a real credit to the company. He was knowledgeable, friendly and really made the tour fly by.

I highly recommend this tour to anyone and and me and my family will be back when we return to the area.

We saw Gators, Racoons, snakes and wild hogs.

Cannot recommend...
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Lisa M. Avatar
Lisa M.
9/29/2020 - Google

Last Saturday we joined JD for a morning swamp tour and it was even better than expected. He shared stories of growing up in the bayou and introduced us to his gator and racoon friends. We even spent a few minutes getting to know his girlfriend (wild hog) while she snorted down some breakfast. Thanks for a... read more

Patrice P. Avatar
Patrice P.
9/29/2020 - Google

Great tour! First time doing a tour like this and I loved it. Was longer than we expected but entertaining and we had the best tour guide ever.

Angela W. Avatar
Angela W.
9/28/2020 - Google

Went on a swamp tour while visiting new Orleans for my son and husband's birthdays. We had an amazing experience. Seen a countless number of gators, a wild hog, racoons and lots of turtles. JD was our captain and he did a great job answering all our questions and giving us so much info on the history of the area... read more

Diane N. Avatar
Diane N.
9/26/2020 - Google

We had researched tours and this went beyond what we'd read about. Very thoughtful, knowledgeable guide (what amazing eyes for finding critters!!), silly jokes were fun, and he was very respectful towards the non human animals and very informative about swamp ecology and history. I really appreciated learning more about the Cajun experience (perhaps we should all try to... read more

Jessica M. Avatar
Jessica M.
9/22/2020 - Google

I routinely frequent these types of ecological tours when visiting a new city and this is by far one of the best animal/nature tours I've ever had. Our tour guide Stephen was very knowledgeable and humorous and the variety of wild life was unbeatable. 100% would recommend.

Sadia K. Avatar
Sadia K.
9/19/2020 - Google

We were in New Orleans when i heard about this tour, i was really excited as i had never done a swamp tour before.
We made the booking 2 days ahead and had to reach 15-30 mins before our appointed time.
Great knowledgeable guides giving us an insight of the tour.
We reached on time and were then divided into rows.
Great and friendly...
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Ann B. Avatar
Ann B.
9/14/2020 - Google

Looking for an authentic Louisiana experience? Then Cajun Encounters should be on your list of to-dos! Captain John took our small group out on an early morning tour and it couldn't have been more relaxing. We enjoyed seeing all the animals and hearing a variety of facts from Captain John that pertained to the area. It's affordable, simple, and... read more

John R. Avatar
John R.
5 star rating
4/13/2021 - Yelp

We took the City Tour of New Orleans with Butch. He and the tour were excellent. He was very well versed in the history and culture of the city. His humor and delivery made it a great intro to our trip. I would highly recommend this tour.

Carey L. Avatar
Carey L.
5 star rating
4/12/2021 - Yelp

Went on swamp tour today and it was excellent! Captain Chris did a great job. The tour exceeded my expectations and I don't say that often.

Kim H. Avatar
Kim H.
5 star rating
4/12/2021 - Yelp

This was the best swamp tour I have been on. I was partial to the air boat tours but definitely enjoyed this tour better. Our driver DeWayne was hilarious and entertaining. He made the ride go by faster then expected, with his humor. During our tour we had Luka as our tour guide and He was great! Luka was very... read more

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JadenHide U.
5 star rating
4/12/2021 - Yelp

My fiancé and I took the city tour with Rene. This was one of the most enjoyable experiences we have ever gone through. My fiancé wasn't too convinced about the tour since he is blind and can't actually enjoy the view. But Rene was very knowledgeable and descriptive on our surroundings. Both of us left the bus very happy and... read more

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Oleksandr P.
5 star rating
4/06/2021 - Yelp

We did the 'Cajun Bayou & Swamp' and 'Oak Alley Plantation' with Cajun Encounters and both tours were great! They would definitely stay in our memory for a long time, that was an unforgettable experience in our trip to New Orleans, LA. The tours were well organized, the guides (even the bus drivers!) were very friendly and informative and the... read more

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Liliana C.
5 star rating
4/03/2021 - Yelp

We had a great tour with our amazing tour guide Lukas! He was exceptional and made the tour one of the highlights of our trip! Definitely a must stop!

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Leslie E.
5 star rating
3/31/2021 - Yelp

What a fantastic tour! Captain Stephen Black was very informative and funny! He made sure we were all able to get pictures/ see. We were able to see a lot of different animals like an eagle, sleeping snakes, raccoons, alligator, and other types of birds. In addition, we learned about the Cajun life style. He gave us a list of... read more

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Wendy N.
5 star rating
3/31/2021 - Yelp

Friends recommended Cajun Encounters Swamp tour for our family trip to New Orleans. We had a great time with our guide - he was super knowledgeable, friendly, and was an excellent guide! Our youngest son is on the spectrum so I was a little worried it might be too much for him but he enjoyed it as much as we... read more

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Luis B.
5 star rating
3/30/2021 - Yelp

Really good tour with Nola native Butch! He gave an immersive world class tour. It was very fun and entertaining, because he made sure to throw in humor and give a (very not boring) historic background of all the places visited! Highly recommend! Ask for Butch!

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Christina A.
5 star rating
3/30/2021 - Yelp

Last minute vacation for two. Decided to take this swamp tour, ended up being a great choice. Captain Stephen was funny , informative and kept the whole tour smiling. Would definitely come back and bring the kids on his tour.

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Kimi P.
5 star rating
3/28/2021 - Yelp

Captain John was our boat tour guide. He was Amazing, Knowledgable, and very Hilarious. I would honestly recommend getting Capt John for the tour. For him I will go again.

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Jennifer M.
5 star rating
3/28/2021 - Yelp

Well worth the money! We took the City Tour with Rene and he was fantastic!!! Learned so much about the history of the City. Got a great overview of the area and stopped for a beignet and coffee at Cafe du Monde in City Park. Perfect length of tour too! (About 2.5 hours) Regarding COVID protocols: Masks on and lower... read more

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Floyd B.
5 star rating
3/20/2021 - Yelp

Captain John R is a very knowledgeable expert on this massive swamp. Swamp raccoons and boars come up to the boat when he calls them and he's a pro at spotting gators. Enjoy the slow waters of the bayous and learning much about life on the swamps.

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Chad C.
5 star rating
3/16/2021 - Yelp

We had an amazing time on the swamp tour. Our Captain was Luka and he was amazing. Not only did he give a great tour he was very inspirational and made you really enjoy the serenity of the area.

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Nicholas C.
5 star rating
3/14/2021 - Yelp

Thoroughly enjoyed my time on the tour! The people/workers were very personable and funny! Our tour guide was Sunny and he was so informative. I've been on many tours before and this one was one for the books. It was funny, informational, story telling, detailed. We saw alligators, snakes, raccoons, turtles, all types of trees and grasses, historic bridges, and... read more

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Jessica G.
5 star rating
3/13/2021 - Yelp

Capt Wade was knowledgeable on our swamp tour! We were up close and personal with alligators and he knew all about the wildlife, plants, and birds as well! It is a can't miss if you are visiting the area

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Divana V.
5 star rating
3/12/2021 - Yelp

LOVED IT!! DESI our tour guide was sooo amazing! Learned sooo much! Our bus 50 also showed us a couple things. Thank you soo much for helping make our New Orleans trip memorable.

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Dawn J.
5 star rating
3/09/2021 - Yelp

We took a swamp tour with Captain Bob today.What a fun time. He made sure we saw all of the usual swamp suspects-alligators,wild pigs,racoons, snakes-with plenty of time to enjoy them. What was most delightful was how obviously he enjoyed seeing the animals,too. He seems to know them individually like his pets.It was interesting to hear about the different trees... read more

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Chloe G.
5 star rating
3/06/2021 - Yelp

We booked a city tour and had Rene as our guide. He took us to parts of the city we would've never thought us and had lots of fun facts and information about everywhere we went! Super friendly guide, great experience.

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Dawn B.
5 star rating
2/28/2021 - Yelp

Swamp tour was fantastic. Alligators, snakes and raccoons.. on my! Wish we had had the pleasure of meeting Kevin & Chris P.

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Kelvin Y.
5 star rating
2/27/2021 - Yelp

This was a nice experience. we did the swamp tour.My guy Stephan will give you the tour of a lifetime. Try to go during late spring if you want to see the gators and other wildlife. He also gives you a list of places to check out during your visit to NOLA. It's a must ya heard!

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Sade C.
5 star rating
1/24/2021 - Yelp

Great tour! Didn't see any alligators but learned a lot of history! Highly recommend, enjoyed my time.

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Sherry S.
5 star rating
1/09/2021 - Yelp

We had such a great experience on the boat tour!!! We had Steph as a guide. He was very knowledgeable about Cajun culture, the animals, and the plants in the swamp. I am glad that we decided the so the swamp tour here! Would definitely recommend!!!!

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Julie C.
5 star rating
12/31/2020 - Yelp

During our pre-COVID visit to NOLA, my daughter and I were encouraged to book a swamp tour. Our bus driver was friendly and knowledgeable and gave us a lot of history about Katrina and its aftermath as we made our way to Lake Pontchartrain. Once we got to the lake, we were asked to get on life vests... read more

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Henry R.
5 star rating
12/29/2020 - Yelp

We did the tour today .. was lots of fun . Even though we only saw 1 gator . But the education and ride was nice ..

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Megan S.
5 star rating
12/23/2020 - Yelp

Such an amazing experience! Desi was our private tour guide and was fantastic! I'd highly recommend the more expensive tour for a more intimate experience!

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Rebecca W.
5 star rating
12/23/2020 - Yelp

Stephan was our tour guide and he was fantastic. Our family has a wonderful time and we learned so much too. I would highly recommend, for all ages. Our youngest is 5. We did the private boat tour, totally worth the money.

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Rosalva A.
5 star rating
12/17/2020 - Yelp

I'll keep it simple. Air boats are awesome! Our guide, I believe his name was Brad, was awesome! Bayou is beautiful! Went in December not an alot of gators but still wildlife and still wonderful.. do it!!

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Wesley B.
5 star rating
12/16/2020 - Yelp

Really really enjoyed our tour got to see a lot of alligators turtles wild hogs got to go on one of the rivers there that was really interesting to see all the different vegetation in the different species of animals that we got to see we really enjoyed our self on this trip down to Louisiana with some great family... read more

Derek L. Avatar
Derek L.
5 star rating
12/14/2020 - Yelp

Captain Stephen was funny and very knowledgeable! We found a huge gator and 2 pigs. Great day !

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