Undiscovered Montenegro is a UK-registered adventure travel company founded in 2008 by British husband and wife team and Montenegro residents, Emma and Ben Heywood.

Between us, we have travelled to over 50 countries worldwide. We like to think that when it comes to taking the road less travelled in search of untouched, natural beauty, we’re hard to impress – so when we first saw Montenegro – and Lake Skadar in particular (a place we later made our home) – our immediate impression was disbelief that such epic, African-style natural beauty had been hiding on our own doorstep in Europe.

From that moment, came our inspiration to bring a taste of safari to one of Europe’s wildest countries. We started out in 2008 by renovating our own property – Villa Miela – to become our ‘Activity Base’ for week-long hosted holidays at Lake Skadar – and have since branched out to cover more of this incredible country and even into Albania and Croatia with the help of our small team of expert guides, some of the best company you could hope to keep and with unrivalled knowledge and passion for the lesser-known gems.

Living as locals with our growing young family, we have been committed from the beginning to bringing a responsible, sustainable approach to tourism to Montenegro’s national parks. Our small group activity and nature holidays are high impact in experience but low impact on the environment – and also, crucially, are designed to give back to local people and wildlife. Undiscovered Montenegro actively supports local pelican conservation, environmental action and community regeneration, so when you choose us, you’re giving back too. Read even more reasons why to choose us.

Come on our amazing adventures and we’ll introduce you to a world undiscovered!



A seasoned backpacker, Emma’s itchy feet have taken her across Africa, Asia, Australia and America in search of adventure and new experiences. She worked as a conservationist in Zambia, a press officer for the British Government and for the US oil industry before deciding her future lay in sustainable tourism in the Balkans. Inspired by Lake Skadar’s incredible, ever-changing scenery, Emma is able to indulge her love of travel, art and photography to the full running Undiscovered Montenegro’s adventures. In her spare time she volunteers her publicity skills to local conservation projects and initiatives and enjoys strong Turkish coffee. She speaks English, Serbian/Montenegrin and French.


Born in Scotland, raised in Venezuela, Germany, the UAE and the UK, Ben speaks English, German, French and Serbian/Montenegrin, and is a BCU qualified kayak coach. Prior to setting up Undiscovered Montenegro with Emma, Ben spent a 15-year career in international publishing. The renovation of an old stone house on Vis Island, Croatia and a round-the-world trip to Asia, Africa and Australia with Emma convinced him that the world had more to offer than just an office. The result was the conviction that he could have a career based around his passions for hiking, kayaking and home-cooking with some of the finest organic ingredients and wines in Europe!


Vuk is a man of many talents – radio show host, voice-over artist and committed eco-phile, he is one of the very few locally qualified kayak guides in Montenegro. His passion for the outdoors also extends to his origins in the north of Montenegro, where he helps to run our hiking and multi-activity adventures in Biogradska Gora & Durmitor National Parks. Vuk speaks excellent English and of course Serbian/Montenegrin.


Bojana might well be said to have written the book on sustainable tourism in Montenegro! Whilst working for the CSTI (Centre for Sustainable Tourism) and various NGOs she helped to define Montenegro’s reputation for organic gastronomy as well as having a hand in creating some of the national park’s hiking trails. She speaks Serbian/Montenegrin and English.


Matthieu is  a fully qualified canoe guide with a passion for bushcraft and wilderness survival. He stopped off at Lake Skadar whilst cycling to Asia from Belgium (for the second time!) and liked it so much he stayed! He speaks English, Flemish/Dutch, French and some Montenegrin.


Gigo is probably one of the most intrepid and experienced paddlers in the whole of Montenegro!  Not content with running regular kayaking tours on the Tara and Morača rivers, as well as at Lake Skadar, he is also one of the prime organisers behind the annual Tara Kayak Fest. He speaks Montenegrin, of course, and fluent English and is a fully qualified guide.




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The sun begins its slow descent on another action-packed day for our guests at the amazing Lake Skadar National Park, land of legends, ancient fortresses, blue/grey peaks and dusty green savannah. Get in touch to book your own multi-active adventure this summer or autumn! undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tour-category/multi-activity-holidays/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Last week we received a wonderful gift from one of our recent guests - this gorgeous oil on canvas from the remarkable and talented Jenny Smith. Inspiring and beautiful, much like Lake Skadar itself!

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7 remarkable days are up as our group of wilderness kayakers end a week which saw them paddle an epic 65 kilometres with our guide Gigo based entirely in the natural wonder of Lake Skadar National Park! The water trails they followed took them from almost endless fields of waterlily and water chestnut to magnificent island-studded shores inhabited only by waterbirds and the occasional fishing village. This unique holiday can be booked at undiscoveredmontenegro.com/search-form-1/wilderness-canoeing-kayaking-holiday-montenegro/ 😎 ... See MoreSee Less

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It’s that Friday feeling! This is how our current volunteers Casey & Nico said hello to the long bank holiday weekend here in Montenegro. Happy Montenegrin Statehood Day! #FridayFeeling #UndiscoveredMontenegro ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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We are so proud of our wilderness kayak/canoe guide Gigo! Not only is he heading out today to lead our first wild kayaking/camping week of the season at the amazing Lake Skadar, he is also a committed conservationist working as part of Balkan River Defence to save Montenegro and the Balkan region's last wild rivers from unscrupulous and ruinous development. If you can, come join him and us this September for 3 days of kayaking, conservation talk and concerts at the Kayak Fest Tara - more details below. #kayaking #MontenegroFACES OF BALKAN RIVERS | Aleksandra Mrkaic and Gigo | Montenegro

Montenegrin dream team. Gigo and Aleksandra Mrkaic are the backbone of Nature Lovers Montenegro. As a registered NGO, they work towards river conservation in Montenegro, and are proof that nature conservation can be fun! One dreams up crazy ideas, the other one keeps things organized. Together, they have delivered two years of Kayak Fest Tara which is building the community of kayakers in Montenegro, while sharing the Tara River with international paddlers.

BRT3 and Kayak Fest Tara are teaming up this year! The tour will roll into GRAB ethno village and camp on Friday September 21st for 3 days of kayaking, concerts, incredibly good food and great company! Sunday is dedicated to new kayakers, so if you want to try out this wicked sport, join us!

For more info on the festival and accommodations (50 euro gets you 4 days of food and camping, concert tickets and race entry!)
Photo credit Predrag Vučković Extreme Photographer

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