My husband and I love to be outdoors. We had done outdoor walking tours (self-guided) in the French Quarter and the Garden District. We went to see the IMAX movie about Katrina and decided to do a swamp tour. We chose this operator because it had good reviews and was a good value.
The boats carried a small group and didn’t go in noisy airboats. Everyone had a front-row seat because of how the seats were positioned. Capt Bob was very knowledgeable and very funny. We saw a red tailed hawk, egrets, a great blue heron, and an otter. No gators or snakes because it was too cold. Also didn’t see any wild pigs. The highlight was seeing the Cajun village. One of the residents was showing off the ducks that he had hunted. I also got to hold a baby gator after the tour was over (they have one in a tank). Although I recommend this tour, I would not recommend going at this time of year. The cypress trees have all lost their leaves and the foliage was brown. Needless to say, the swamp didn’t look like it did in the IMAX video! But we were still glad that we went because we learned a lot and had never seen a swamp this time of year. If we come back to NOLA, we would do this tour again if it was a different time of the year. I also wasn’t happy about the picture on their brochure showing them feed a gator. That’s a big no-no in Florida. I wouldn’t want to kayak in there because the gators now see humans as sources of food (and I probably wouldn’t have any chicken or marshmallows to give them in my kayak). They are teaching the gators bad habits to show off for their guests, but I would bet that all of the tour operators do that for their swamp tours, as they do in the Everglades as well.
May-December are probably the best months to go to see wildlife and a lush, green swamp. Also, try to book a morning tour if available. You'll see more wildlife.
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