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4.8 Stars - Based on 3775 User Reviews
Lynnsay B. Avatar
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

Timothy P. Avatar
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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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!!

Toi S. Avatar
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

Adrianna M. Avatar
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

Robert B. Avatar
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

Lynn S. Avatar
Lynn S.
9/05/2020 - Google

I've done water tours all over the country. Hand's down, this is the best! Captain John was extremely knowledgeable of the bayous, swamps and river. He's got a great sense of humor. We saw many alligators, wild boar and raccoon. A 2 hour fabulous time. A must do when in New Orleans!

Tiffany R. Avatar
Tiffany R.
9/05/2020 - Google

Very entertaining. Tour was amazing. Definitely will do this again

Veronika G. Avatar
Veronika G.
9/02/2020 - Google

Great adventure with tons of interesting information about habitat and aligators. Jumping aligators guaranteed 👌.

Sherry S. Avatar
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!!!!

Julie C. Avatar
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

Henry R. Avatar
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 ..

Megan S. Avatar
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!

Rebecca W. Avatar
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.

Rosalva A. Avatar
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!!

Wesley B. Avatar
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 !

R B. Avatar
R B.
5 star rating
11/19/2020 - Yelp

We did the Bayou Tour with Wade. He was great! He always made sure each side if the boat got a close up of the animals. We seen gators, wild hog, turtles, and raccoons. I would suggest anyone going to NOLA do this tour. We also did the French Quarter Walking Tour with Brent. He was amazing as well. He... read more

Megan L. Avatar
Megan L.
5 star rating
11/15/2020 - Yelp

This was a great experience, the tour guide was amazing. We saw lots of alligators, hogs, raccoons, snakes and a bull frog. The lighting was breathtaking and brought beauty to the bayou. Highly recommend good for all ages

Reneisha S. Avatar
Reneisha S.
5 star rating
11/15/2020 - Yelp

Our group had a great experience! Jason was our tour guide. We were able to see a great deal of wildlife! We learn about the land and vegetation as well. Jason was very knowledgeable and there was never a dull moment. We would definitely come on this tour again.

Kunsorya C. Avatar
Kunsorya C.
5 star rating
11/14/2020 - Yelp

Our tour guide was Capt. John and he was so funny and engaging! Loved that he provided so many interesting facts while also making sure everyone got the full experience of seeing Louisiana wildlife, especially the raccoons that he had called out to lol!

Rebecca W. Avatar
Rebecca W.
5 star rating
11/14/2020 - Yelp

We decided to do a Swamp Tour at the last minute and fell into this tour company. I never expected it to be this much fun. The folks made sure we had the opportunity to see the wildlife . They were happy to answer all questions. We felt safe the entire time and got amazing pictures.

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S O.
5 star rating
11/14/2020 - Yelp

Great experience we loved captain Luca! He was wonderful! so engaging and kind!!! We had the best time at our tour!!!! Highly recommend Luca and Cajun Encounters!!!

Brittney S. Avatar
Brittney S.
5 star rating
11/09/2020 - Yelp

I can't rave enough about our awesome captain/tour guide Luka and this super fun and unique experience! He was so informative, not just about the swamps but also about hurricane Katrina, the best food in NOLA, the vegetation, etc. We had so much fun, got to feed raccoons and hogs, check out gators, turtles, bullfrogs, and all kinds of other... read more

Jacob A. Avatar
Jacob A.
5 star rating
11/06/2020 - Yelp

Went on the swamp tour awesome experience , Capt Jason was super informative and made it also very enjoyable. Able to see alligators and get really closeTo a wild pig

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Frank C.
5 star rating
11/06/2020 - Yelp

Our guide was Capt. John-Knowledgable and shared a lot of personal stories about his childhood on the river. -This includes facts about the plants / animals / trees / river such as history, medicinal uses, dangers, how it fits into the ecosystem, etc...-Adorable names for the wildlife and got us within arms reach (we didn't touch them)-He asked us about... read more

Juan G. Avatar
Juan G.
5 star rating
11/06/2020 - Yelp

This adventure tour was awesome. Butch was an awesome guide who gave us so much information on the history of New Orleans. I will definitely recommend this tour company.

Kieley C. Avatar
Kieley C.
5 star rating
11/05/2020 - Yelp

We took a plantation tour to Oak Alley and Laura and had the most amazing experience thanks to our fabulous driver KIMBERLY!!! She was the best. Clearly very knowledgable about the entire area as we drove to the plantations and she also has an awesome sense of humor. She worked tirelessly to ensure we all got to tour and experience... read more

Tara C. Avatar
Tara C.
5 star rating
11/03/2020 - Yelp

My sister and I took the City Bus tour on November 3, 2020. Our tour guide was Butch, we had a great time. It was very informative and we learned a lot about New Orleans we did not know beforehand. Butch was knowledgeable and very kind and accommodating to all of us on the tour.... read more

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Tierney H.
5 star rating
10/31/2020 - Yelp

I cannot say enough good things about this company! Alfred, the bus driver, was personable and gave us great information about how the area was pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina. Then the tour itself was incredible! It's in a beautiful location. I was on a tour with Captain Sonny and he was AMAZING! Super funny and personable. You could tell he... read more

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Magna H.
5 star rating
10/30/2020 - Yelp

Thank you SO much, Butch!! What a wonderful, informative tour! Such a great guide! Definitely recommending :)

Ali B. Avatar
Ali B.
5 star rating
10/22/2020 - Yelp

Such a great tour. We did ours with Captain John and he was so knowledgeable. We saw lots of animals on the tour, countless alligators, a wild hog, family of baby raccoons, turtles, birds.

Tina G. Avatar
Tina G.
5 star rating
10/22/2020 - Yelp

Our first time in Louisiana and this made our trip. Captain Stephen was awesome and super knowledgeable. We did the VIP tour with the smaller boat. I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Louisiana and id back for sure. Ask for captain Stephen!

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K G.
5 star rating
10/16/2020 - Yelp

Capt Sonny and Cajun Encounters was an excellent choice! Worth the drive from center city NOLA. Even our native travel buddies were impressed. Plenty of wildlife and scenery. We reserved our spot and they even called us when we were a few minutes late to be sure we were on the way. Bus provided for a fee to get... read more

Sarah H. Avatar
Sarah H.
5 star rating
10/05/2020 - Yelp

Captain John was so incredible!! He kept us all entertained and educated. Made our tour go by so quickly.

Melinda H. Avatar
Melinda H.
5 star rating
10/01/2020 - Yelp

This tour is amazing! My partner's sister and young nephew came to visit Nola, and we were looking for COVID safe activities that were still fun, and this for the bill! Masks were required in all indoor buildings, and they added plexiglass partitions to all boats. The number of people in each group is also limited. I chose to wear... read more

Shaveta S. Avatar
Shaveta S.
5 star rating
9/06/2020 - Yelp

We did the swamp tour. So happy they were able to pick us up and drop us to our hotel. Captain John was a lot of fun. He made the tour feel authentic and gave us tons of history of the wild life, plants and the people of the swamp areas. I would defiantly recommend this service to friends and family!

Michael M. Avatar
Michael M.
5 star rating
8/08/2020 - Yelp

I was really looking forward to this tour and wasn't disappointed. My tour guide John R was witty and knowledgeable. Well worth the drive and time.

Ian R. Avatar
Ian R.
5 star rating
8/08/2020 - Yelp

Had an awesome tour experience here! John S was our tour guide and he was amazing- knowledgeable and funny. We saw alligators, which he fed to make them jump up, raccoons, a hog, and some other local wildlife. I would definitely recommend this place! Only advice: bring sunscreen, bug spray, and water.

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