Manchac Magic Kayak Tour: Guided Swamp Exploration
423 Ratings
New Orleans
Embark on a guided kayak tour through the enchanting Manchac Swamp. Discover the rich history and diverse ecosystem of this Louisiana gem with a knowledgeable local naturalist.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Wild Louisiana Launch - Your guide will guide you through the Manchac Swamp by kayak. Learn about the natural history of Louisiana, the Native American cultures, logging era, and native flora and fauna.

City Pickup:
9:00AM pickup for 10:15AM tour
12:00PM pickup for 1:00PM tour
3:00PM pickup for 4:00PM tour

If you don’t take our shuttle from the city please let us know ahead of time and arrive 30 min before tour start time:
9:45AM for 10:15AM tour
12:30PM for 1:00PM tour
3:30PM for 4:00PM tour

What's Included
  • Professional guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • Tour escort/host
  • Driver/guide
  • All activities
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

Collect your tour passes at 9AM or 12PM, an hour ahead of the tour’s start. Make sure to go through the voucher post-booking This is a 2 to 3-hour journey across the historic Manchac swamp, paddling along in kayaks and canoes. Experience the natural Louisiana landscape in the company of a local naturalist, who will convey the rich history and ecological wonders of the Manchac Swamp.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking
  • For transportation Uber is ok but not recommended
732 N Rampart St
North Rampart Street
Guests shuttle instructions: 732 N Rampart St. New Orleans, LA 10:15AM tour - pickup is for 9AM 1PM tour - pickup is for 12:00PM 4PM tour - pickup is for 3PM
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(423 Ratings)
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Jun 10, 2024
Very cool tour of the swamp! - This kayaking tour was fantastic. It was so cool to see a totally different aspect of Louisiana, and our guide, Josh, was excellent. He was very informative about the region and the wildlife. We would highly recommend this trip!
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Jun 5, 2024
It’s a blast - It was just my partner and I, one other couple, and our guide, Al, on this trip and it was perfect! I know Al said the gators weren’t being as friendly as they normally are, but we still saw plenty little eyes watching us. We also chose this tour because we know the big boats are loud and spook them away, and we honestly just want the animals to be happy and healthy. Al knew just about everything about being out there - he named every fish, plant, bird, and bug we saw. He told us what plants were invasive, and which ones the Native American’s have been using for centuries. He pointed out a camouflaged owl hidden in a tree, and a huge osprey nest high up in the branches. He made sure we saw every gator we possibly could. He was a pleasure driving to and from the swamp with as well. The swamp itself is absolutely beautiful. My boyfriend described it as being on another planet. It was serene with bird calls and bug chirps all around you. Definitely bring a big hat for the sun, lots of water (especially if your tour’s in the middle of the day), and bug spray! Only thing I will say is I would not do this tour if you are not already fairly athletic. I’m pretty active and my arm’s were burning by the end of the trip. Still… highly recommend!!
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Jun 2, 2024
Tour Of A Lifetime! - This tour was amazing! Being able to see so much wildlife and be at peace with nature was something I will never forget. The tour guide was great, he was very knowledgeable and made the tour 10 times better.
Review provided by Viator
May 26, 2024
Baby Alligators Are Adorable! - Terry was an awesome guide - nice relaxing kayak paddle - saw alligators, barred owls, turtles, egrets and similar swamp birds. Learned about the flora and fauna of the region along with a bit of history. Was thrilled that there were no mosquitoes. Much more open and sunny than I had imagined for a swamp. Bring camera, sunscreen, hat bottled water. Great experience!
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May 22, 2024
Manchac Swamp Kayak tour - The small group swamp tour led by Terry was amazing! Our guide Terry was reticent at first on the drive to the put-in, but during the kayak tour he was a wealth of knowledge about the swamp and the flora and fauna. It was very hot with little shade, so make sure to bring a hat and cover up if you want to avoid repeated sunscreen application. I would highly recommend this tour!
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May 22, 2024
Beautiful Tour! - Our tour with Josh was wonderful. He was very funny and knowledgeable about the swamp. We saw several alligators and many species of birds, including an owl! I have done several swamp tours over the years but have never seen one. The scenery was beautiful. The paddle was not too difficult but you will probably work up a thirst and an appetite after the tour. Josh had several recommendations about places to eat and things to do in NOLA. I highly recommend this tour.
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May 22, 2024
1000% Recommend this Tour Group - When I say this was one of the best experiences of my life, I mean Top 3. This was fairly easy as a brand new kayaker annd was 100% a taste of nature. There was nothing glamorous about it! Our experience began at our meeting place with our tour guide (Josh) picking us up in the company van. He was funny and friendly and so full of knowledge, I found myself impressed the entire time. We made it to our docking point in the Manchac after about a 45 min commute. We made a pitstop at a gas station to use the facilities one final time as we were in the Louisiana bayou country with no plumbing in nature. We unloaded the kayaks and waited for our guide to give us a few rules, pointers and off we went. At no time did I feel worried about gators! We saw a few, we saw birds, but the big star of the show was the flora and fauna! Stunning!! We approached our turnaround point, sat and learned even more while floating in the bayou, and had the opportunity to take pictures. My husband and I chose to ride in single kayaks as our group size allowed it, though I would recommend using a double if you want to get lots of pics and videos. It’s hard to paddle, record and keep up! On our way out, we experienced some rain, which almost made the experience better (though not everyone in our group would agree) and safely made it back to our docking location. Please, as a tourist OR a local, please use this tour to experience the beautiful bayou and enjoy something different than in-city tours!
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May 21, 2024
Great fun - Great tour. I enjoed every minute. We saw three or four alligator and some birds. Its relaxing and amazing to paddle through this paradise... If you love the movie „Down by law“ (Jarmusch) its a must
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May 1, 2024
Great fun - Excellent tour, a must do for anyone coming to the area. You’ll definitely learn about the area & spend a great day in the outdoors getting exercise.
Review provided by Viator
May 30, 2024
Canceled 40 mins after pick up time.... - DO NOT GO. arrived early to pick up location and they canceled 40 minutes past the pick up time. BIG WASTE OF OUR TIME & VACATION. unprofessional and terrible customer service.
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up to 14 guests
July 2024