Summer Swamp Safaris in New Orleans

This summer, take an adventure unlike any other with a New Orleans swamp tour. There are three different options you can choose from to make your “summer swamp safari” both a unique and memorable experience. Catch a glimpse of a gator on a tour across the Mississippi River, acquire some Cajun pride in areas in the backwoods of Louisiana that are nearly inaccessible or get acquainted with native wildlife on the cypress swamps. With these three swamp tour options, you will have the opportunity to experience a different side of New Orleans. Get away from the city lights, sounds and activity, and immerse yourself in the culture of the bayou.

Take a motorcoach ride across the Mississippi River, then get ready for a scenic and unique trip through the Louisiana waters with the Swamp and Bayou Tour. This tour lasts approximately four hours and will take you, in a custom-built swamp boat, through the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Barataria Preserve, where your guide will shed light on some of the mysteries of the area. Scan the plant life and the shore for any signs of the egret’s tall posture as the white bird searches for food. Your guide will educate you on other native wildlife, such as raccoons and nutria, semi-aquatic rodents that were imported from South America into Louisiana for the fur farming industry. The swamp is also home to many species of snakes, as well as gators. From your seat on the boat, search the surface of the water for any ripples of movement that may indicate life underneath. During the summertime, your swamp safari is more likely to catch a glimpse of the active and abundant wildlife.

During this swamp tour, your guide will also tell you why the wetlands are disappearing more rapidly due to coastal erosion. Learn how efforts to correct the damage have been helping to restore the vital habitat. The tour has been featured on several programs, including those on the Discovery Channel, CBS, NBC, the Travel Channel, Showtime, Fox Sports and Entertainment Tonight. You won’t want to miss out on all of the sights and excitement on this tour.

Travel to the infamous Manchac Swamp on the Cajun Pride Swamp Tour. This tour will take you on an unforgettable journey through time into the early days of the Louisiana bayou and swamp explorations. Sightseers have traveled from across the country for years to experience this unique tour through the backwoods of Louisiana. This tour will take you through areas that are nearly inaccessible to catch a rare glimpse of some of the native swamp wildlife. These creatures have become accustomed to the Cajun Pride boats, and are now unafraid of tour groups. Listen for the sound of the boat captain’s call, then watch as animals peer from the underbrush, the moss-draped trees and the surrounding shrubs. It isn’t uncommon for the natives to come right to the boat. On this tour, you may have the opportunity to get within mere feet of jumping gators.

Your knowledgeable guide will inform you about the wetlands, the creatures that call them home and the unique history of the Cajun town Frenier that is located on the property. The American alligator calls these waters home, and your tour guide will shed more light on the habits and lifestyle of this amazing creature as you travel through the waterways.

Every swamp tour is unique, and the Cajun Bayou Tour is no exception. On this tour, you will drive to Cajun Country, then through wild cypress swamps, over the Mississippi River and along scenic sugarcane fields, all the while listening to your guide relay some of the tales of the Cajun people. This narrated boat tour will be led by a Cajun boat captain, who also happens to be a fur trapper and alligator hunter. Get first-hand knowledge about some of the native animals and plants, including the astounding reptiles that call the bayou home. The tour isn’t only about the critters, though; you’ll also have the chance to learn more about what makes the Cajun people so unique during the relaxing ride.

After the tour, you will also have the incredible opportunity to explore your guide’s swamp zoo on Bayou Boeuf. Here, he will further explain to you the unique aspects of the creatures who have made a home for themselves in the murky waters of the swamp. Learn about the habits of the reptiles, what plants are classified as “healing plants” and the exotic birds who are often spotted on the waters. The Cajun Bayou Tour, like the other tours, will give you a unique and memorable view on the backwoods of Louisiana.

When you head back from your swamp adventure, return to a hotel room that will provide you with everything you need to relax after a day on the bayou. Receive the best in services and accommodations at a hotel nearby the starting point to your exploration, including the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans, the St. James Hotel, the Iberville Suites New Orleans and the Loews New Orleans Hotel.

If you are looking for the perfect adventure this summer, look no further than a New Orleans swamp safari. These tours will not only give you a unique insight into the culture of New Orleans, but will also provide you with the rare opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some of the native wildlife in a hands-on experience you will never forget.

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