Cajun Pride Swamp and Plantation Tour Reviews

This post is a review of Cajun Pride Swamp Tours, which take place in a privately-owned wildlife refuge and is unique in comparison to other swamp tours in that their swamp is completely private. They guarantee a swamp experience that won’t be disturbed by the traffic of other boats. Located a convenient 25 miles outside of New Orleans, Cajun Pride claims tours are both an authentic and educational experience that captures the natural beauty of Louisiana. Because the location is not in central New Orleans, Cajun Pride offers a great feature for those who do not have a car. For a modest additional cost, they provide pick-up/drop-off service from most New Orleans, Metairie, and Kenner hotels.  

While their swamp tours are what they are known for, they also offer two plantation tours, one to the historical Oak Alley and one to lovely Laura Plantation. You can book just a plantation tour or, for an all-around experience, why not book a combination tour and see beautiful architecture and wild alligator all in the same day!

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Tip: Before booking a tour, check out if they are included in any of the tourist discount passes.  When planning your trip to NoLA, check out our post that compares the various different New Orleans attraction passes, combos, discounts and coupons.  If you are looking for a NoLA walking tour, look no further than our pay-what-you-wish walking tours

 

 

Cajun Pride Tours

 

REVIEWS OF CAJUN PRIDE TOURS

Cajun Pride boast a rating of 4 ½ out of 5 stars on both TripAdvisor and and Get Your Guide (see some of the reviews). Of the 268 reviews on TripAdvisor 262 of them are extremely positive. Users seem overwhelmingly pleased with all aspects of the tour. The majority of reviews come from couples, followed close behind by families. The tour guides are said to be remarkably knowledgeable about the swamps and wildlife that inhabit them. Users seem very pleased to hear the history told through an authentic Louisiana accent.

For travelers who opted for hotel pick up, it is generally noted that the bus is on time and very clean. There have been a couple reviews that suggest the tour was not well organized during the Mardi Gras season. It is best to keep in mind that this is a VERY busy season for all things New Orleans and it’s probably better to book before or after the holiday.

 


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SWAMP TOUR    (1.5 hours long)

Located on the private Manchac Swamp, this unique journey offers travelers a chance to experience Louisiana in its early days of swamp and bayou explorations. Being it is the sole boat to travel the swamps path; the many creatures that inhabit the area make many appearances. You’ll observe an abundance of wildlife that are very respondent to your local captain’s call. Many travelers experience the unique opportunity of being up-close with alligators from the safety of the boat. As you drift through the waterways, your captain will share with you the history of Louisiana’s wetlands and surrounding area.  

You have a choice of booking the tour with transportation to the swamp tour or providing your own transportation to the tour departure (which is great if you have a car). For driving directions click here.

 


Reviews of the Swamp Tour 

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Cajun Pride’s swamp tour comes highly recommended, sporting a Certificate of Excellence via TripAdvisor and averaging a 4.5 out of 5 stars both there and at Get Your Guide (see some of the reviews). Users describe the tour as environmentally educative and entertaining. The guides are said to be well versed and very informative; many users noting their authentic Louisiana accents. It is said that there is an abundance of wildlife to be seen, even in the dead of winter. Some participants were lucky enough to hold a baby alligator.  

There are very few negative reviews but it should be noted that some were in reference to the size/occupancy of the boat. While it is private, some reviews suggest that the higher occupancy can lead to a more crowded boat. This, however, was only noted twice among hundreds of reviews. The overwhelming majority of users describe the tour as a relaxing, must-see excursion.

Tour Times

  • 9:30 am 
  • 12:00 pm
  • 2:15 pm  
  • 4:15 pm  * runs seasonally (March 1 – October 1) 

Ticket Prices 

NOTE: Currently the “with transportation” option is not being offered. It will be offered starting on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.  If you are looking for a swamp tour with transport, check out Cajun Encounters and Gray Line.

For reviews and information about other swamp tours, see our post New Orleans Swamp Tours.

 


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PLANTATION TOURS 

Cajun Pride offers tours of two historical plantations located on the legendary River Road: Laura and Oak Alley. Both destinations unveil an insight into the history of some of Louisiana’s oldest structures. Tour the homes that still contain historic artifacts and the gardens that are must-see visits all on their own. Each landmark has a unique story that your guide will happily share with you. Hotel pickup is provided for each of these tours.

Reviews of Cajun Pride’s Plantation Tours

Both the Laura and Oak Alley Plantation tours receive majority positive reviews from TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide users, averaging just over 4.5 out of 5 stars (see some of the reviews). Both sites are considered must-sees when visiting Louisiana. The guides are noted as very knowledgeable about the houses and history of inhabitants. It is well noted the buses as clean and the drive relaxing. It is suggested to pack a lunch as the tours can become lengthy.

Oak Alley 

Oak Alley Plantation

The famed Oak Alley gets its name from the double row of giant Oak Trees that line the passageway to the Plantations entrance. Built in 1839, this magnificent and classic plantation facing the Mississippi River is a must see while visiting Louisiana. The plantation has been featured in movies such as “Interview with a Vampire” and the music video for Beyoncé’s “Déjà vu”. The tour is designed as an immersive experience. Your expert tour guides will be dressed in period attire and lead you through many interior rooms featuring outstanding views. The end of the tour explores the expansive grounds of Oak Alley featuring exhibits and recreated slave quarters. A restaurant serving traditional southern food complete with a bar is also made an option for guest.

For an in-depth look at Oak Alley and its history see our post Oak Alley Plantation Tickets, Tours and Reviews.

 

Laura: A Creole Plantation 

Laura Plantation

Originally run by a French Creole family, later to be taken over by a German family, Laura Plantation is a great image of the diverse cultures at play in the South. Participants can expect a riveting portrayal of what it was like living on the Plantation over 200 years ago. Your tour guide will lead you through the basement and living quarters of Laura showing you photos of its original residents and furnishings. 

You’ll gain insight into the 1870’s, “Tales of Br’er Rabbit,” which has since been adapted into a Disney movie. Following your tour through the house, tour the gardens, banana grove and expect in-depth stories of the plantations troublesome past told from within a slave cabin.  For more information on Laura, click here.

Tour times and prices are the same for both plantations. 

Tour Times (including hotel pick-up and return)

  • Pickup: 12:30 pm
  • Return: 5:30 – 6:00 pm (approximate)

Ticket Prices 

To find out about visiting other plantations, see out post Plantation Tours Near New Orleans.

 


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COMBINATION TOURS

Combining a swamp tour with a plantation tour will not only save you money but will also save you time. You only need to take one day out of the city in order to have TWO amazing experiences!

Combination tours include:

  • a swamp tour
  • a plantation tour of either Oak Alley or Laura 
  • shuttle ride to and from most New Orleans, Metairie and Kenner hotels

Tour Times

  • Pickup Time:  10:30pm         
  • Return time: 5:30-6:00pm (approximate)

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