Undiscovered Montenegro is a UK-registered adventure travel company founded in 2008 by British husband and wife team and Balkans aficionados, 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 – 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.

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, yoga, 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, he 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 back-packing with Emma convinced him that the world had more to offer than just a desk job! Lake Skadar’s incredible backdrop is now his office, where he can indulge his passions for snowboarding, kayaking, occasional carpentry and organic home-cooking.


Gigo is probably one of the most intrepid and experienced adventurers 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 and is Tour Leader for our other multi-activity holidays in Montenegro. He speaks Montenegrin, of course, fluent English and is a fully qualified kayaking, rafting and mountain guide.


Vera is one of the most respected hiking guides in the country, and has a passion for the outdoors and her roots in the north of Montenegro in particular. Popular with parents and children alike, the more remote the area, the more likely she is to be found exploring it! She speaks excellent English and is a licenced tour guide.


Nenad is an outdoor adventurer whose ambition is to visit every corner of this spectacular country – he is happiest when biking, hiking or kayaking, making him a natural fit for Undiscovered Montenegro! He speaks excellent English and of course, Montenegrin/Serbian.


Ana has over a decades’ worth of experience guiding tour groups around her country, and has earned her reputation as one of the funniest and most quotable tour guides in Montenegro! She speaks near-native English and has full tour guide qualifications.


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3 days ago

Imagine this for your playground... The scenery up at Durmitor National Park is so spellbinding even the kids can't help but stop and stare 😮For a more relaxing day our family mountains break includes a photo safari through the heart of this UNESCO-protected National Park ⛰️ Getting up close and petting the friendly donkeys and horses is a highlight for our guests🐴As well as this you will be surrounded by staggering views of the famous Sedlo and Prutaš peaks, among others.Photos taken on our Family Mountains Activity holiday by our co-founder Emma 📸Learn more about this extraordinary adventure at the link below 👇undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/family-multi-activity-holiday-montenegro-mountains/#undiscoveredmontenegro #montenegro #visitmontenegro #activityholidays ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

This weekend we said goodbye to another fantastic group on our Lake Skadar Multi-activity holiday.🌞 Among our guests were the Gerrard family who had waited three years to reach us. They told us it was their best holiday ever, and well worth the wait! Thank you Steve for your kind words and 5* review on TripAdvisor.Here's a little extract from Steve's review of his family's stay at @villamiela: "Wow - what a holiday, best ever, stunning location... if you are looking for a fun filled activity family holiday this is truly the one to try, it deserves my A++++ honest review.”#undiscoveredmontenegro #Montenegro #activityholidays ... See MoreSee Less
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Packrafting down crystal clear waters and racing through rushing rapids. Jumping off rocks into deep blue gorges. Wild camping on the water’s edge surrounded by lush vegetation. Far from anyone, where Montenegro and Bosnia collide. What more could you want? Matthew and family have just completed a 5 day pack-rafting trip on the River Tara with our tour leader Gigo. ✅ Thank you Matthew for your lovely 5* review on TripAdvisor: "We didn't see anyone and the views, colours and sights take your breath away. In addition you have regular rapids which get the heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing. The team were fantastic. We were thoroughly looked after and made some good friends. We saw some of the most beautiful river scenery on the planet. We kayaked some pretty scary rapids. What a great holiday! We will always remember it and hope to return to Montenegro." We’re so glad you had a great family trip! Montenegro would love to have you back. 🥰#undiscoveredmontenegro #packrafting #kayaklife ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

It's family rafting time! 🛶By this time of year, the brilliant blue Tara river gushing through Montenegro's north is just the right kind of exciting for smaller adventurers and their parents. This time we had two seven year olds, two eight year olds and two 11 year olds in our group and everyone having the time of their lives! Rafting is one of multiple fun outdoor activities on our Active Family Mountains break. Follow the link below if you'd like to get your family rafting, canyoning, kayaking, hiking, zip-lining and even on a Via Ferrata in stunning Montenegro next summer.👇undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/family-multi-activity-holiday-montenegro-mountains/#undiscoveredmontenegro #montenegro #rafting #familytravel #familyadventure ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Canyoning adventures are calling us all summer! The cool rushing water of Rikavac is the perfect antidote to a hot summer’s day, while the canyon itself is just the right level of exciting for beginners, our younger guests and any wild nature lover! The photos are from day one of last week's family multi-activity holiday - a week of adventures putting grins on everyone’s faces! 😁 Thanks so much to our brilliant partners Black_stone_canyons for a safe and unforgettable experience, and of course to our intrepid adventure families led by Katie and Jenna.If an adrenaline-filled adventure for all the family is what you're looking for then check out our Family Summer Multi-Activity Holiday for next year! Link below ⬇️undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/family-multi-activity-holiday-montenegro-mountains/#undiscoveredmontenegro #undiscoveredbalkans #montenegro #canyoning #activityholidays ... See MoreSee Less
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Man enjoying Multi activity holiday swimming in a crystal clear, bright blue rock pool near Lake Skadar

Lake Skadar Multi Activity - 7 days

Our original adventure loved by everyone! Kayaking, hiking & wild-swimming...
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Kayak, Wild Camp & Bushcraft - 7 days

Paddle closer to nature on this unique camping/kayaking adventure!
Happy family laughing as they walk through an isolated waterfall we have found on our guided tours.

Family Mountains Multi Activity - 7 days

A multi-active summer adventure for families with super-active younger children!

Birdwatching Montenegro - 7 days

Enjoy an incredible week bird-watching in Montenegro's untamed nature!
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