At Pelican New Orleans and Cajun Encounters we believe that we are more than a tour operating company. For over a quarter century, the founder and owner of the company, Jeff Rogers has operated a business that introduces people from all over the world to the wonders of the Louisiana Swamp. These wetlands are some of the most bountiful eco-systems in America and are also the most endangered. As company owner Jeff emphasizes, “ the conservation of the Swamp is vital not only to the residential wildlife, but also has far reaching importance to wild species from as far away as South American and Canada – as a major stopping point for hundreds of migratory bird species.”
Cajun Encounters’ operation is located on a pristine bend along the West Pearl River and acts as a launch site for custom tour boats to explore thousands of acres of sloughs abound with old growth Bald Cypress. This is a haven for alligators, river otters, Bald Eagles, Great Horned owls, the endangered Louisiana Black Bear and numerous bird species. Jeff explains, “We offer special programming for school groups and provide the students with an education and most importantly an appreciation of the wild beauty of a Louisiana swamp. This understanding and appreciation gives an eco-system like the Honey Island Swamp a fighting chance to survive for generations.”
In addition to the wilderness of the Honey Island Swamp (covering 70,000 acres), Cajun Encounters strives to preserve the unique culture of the Cajuns who settled in Southern Louisiana at the end of the 1700’s. These people did not settle in New Orleans, but instead lived off the bounty of the wetlands that surrounded this colonial capital city. Over the centuries, the Cajuns fished, hunted and trapped in these swamps creating wonderful music, cuisine and dance to celebrate their “joie de vie” in dance halls throughout the region. Cajun Encounters celebrates this “good life” with crawfish boils accompanied with Cajun music and dance at the rustic Cajun Pavilion. Guests can enjoy this festive atmosphere at dusk as the sunsets over bayou.
At the end of another day, Captain Jacob smiles and explains, “whether it is a school child seeing her first alligator, or a visitor from Chicago eating his first crawfish, we are ambassadors of this swamp and a very special place it is.”