We visited New Orleans this past weekend and did the Cajun Pride Swamp Tour on a Saturday. As the weather was warming up, we saw plenty of alligators. We saw the racoons (very tame and accustomed to swamp boats and marsh mellows), a very small snake on a low-hanging tree branch, an armadillo, and plenty of swamp birds. We also saw some deer hunters. The bayou is privately owned and exclusive to this tour company. The tour does a good job of providing history information as well as a thorough amount of wildlife information.
We researched many other swamp tour companies and this one definitely has the best deal based on price. The shuttle picked us up early which was great as we were in the area. Our shuttle was full with 13 passengers from all over. The shuttle driver was very comical (Ceasar) and we had a great time talking about New Orleans.
We did do a combined plantation tour too at the Oak Alley Plantation. The tour is very nice and the plantation itself and grounds for this plantation are very picturesque. However, we were told by our shuttle driver, Ceasar, that the Laura Plantation has a much better history story. We will definitely visit Laura when we go back.
I think this company best suits travelers who are very easy going and focused on having a great time. If you consider yourself a "high-maintenance" or uptight person where everything needs to be perfect, then use a company that has more private accommodations. And you will pay twice as much in some instances.
All-in-all, great company with great information and services.