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.


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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We had fun participating in today’s community clean-up at our local base Virpazar! Over the winter, discarded trash, much of it plastic, gets washed up from the lake. Now so much has been cleaned thanks to a group of very special, nature-loving people, some of whom travelled a long way to help today! #trashtagmontenegro #nekabudecisto #zerowastemontenegro ... See MoreSee Less

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We've just confirmed we're running our amazing Lake Skadar wild kayaking & camping adventure on w/c June 16th and 30th when the water lilies are in full bloom! Why not grab one of the last few spaces and fall in love with water lily heaven (Lake Skadar has more water lilies than any other place in Europe!). More info here - undiscoveredmontenegro.com/search-form-1/wilderness-canoeing-kayaking-holiday-montenegro/ #undiscoveredmontenegro ... See MoreSee Less

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There's fresh powder on Montenegro's mountains! More playtime for us as we continue learning to snowboard - and our new volunteers, Heda & Jan, are hooked now too. All you need to do is jump on a budget flight to Podgorica and this could be you, just an hour or so after arriving! More details at undiscoveredmontenegro.com/search-form-1/winter-activity-holiday/

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2 weeks ago

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...it seems a good time to mention that we have just two spots left on our June 2 yoga adventure week! More details here - undiscoveredmontenegro.com/search-form-1/multi-activity-holiday-yoga/

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Multi-Activity Holiday - Lake Skadar 7 days

Kayaking, hiking, wild-swimming and more at awesome Lake Skadar!

Wild Kayaking Holiday 7 days

A unique experience paddling the beauty of Montenegro's Lake Skadar!

Best of Montenegro Holiday 10-14 days

Combine our lake and mountain programs in this tailor-made itinerary!

Montenegro Birding Holiday 7 days

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