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, 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 hiking, kayaking, occasional carpentry and organic home-cooking.


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 runs our multi-activity adventures in Biogradska Gora & Durmitor National Parks, among other amazing locations! 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 many of the National Parks’ hiking trails. Together with her brother, Vuk, she now helps to run all our tours in the north, as well as as several further south, too! 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 kayaking guide.


Radonja is the newest member of our team – he is happiest walking up in the mountains, the higher and more remote the better! An expert photographer and alpinist, he has been guiding hiking and other adventure tours for nearly 20 years. He speaks Montenegrin, fluent English and is a fully qualified mountain guide.



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Imagine staying in a fairy-tale log cabin set deep in ancient pine forest, your days spent discovering hidden glacial lakes, epic views and even an historic necropolis! Our family had an amazing time up at Durmitor road-testing some new accommodation and hiking options for the multi-active adventure we've created for active families with younger kids (minimum age seven).
Book for this summer when the wild blueberries are ripe! Full flexibility to postpone or cancel.
More details at undiscoveredmontenegro.com/search-form-1/family-multi-activity-holiday-montenegro/

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Spirits are flying high in Montenegro, which has declared itself Europe’s first Corona-free country! There are no more Covid-19 cases. Of course that situation could change when borders re-open, but this tiny country and its people have taken the right actions at every step of the journey so far. We’re cautiously optimistic for summer 2020 & getting ready to welcome guests back!

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Tentatively, get yourselves ready for summer! Ryanair has announced London-Podgorica as one of 1,000 daily flights they’re running from 1 July. ✈️ ☀️

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Happy World Turtle Day! We were lucky to bump into some newly hatched European Pond Turtles on one of our favourite hikes the other day. If they make it to adulthood, these guys can get to be 40cm long (they're classified as rare). The kids were fascinated meeting these little ones, which are more like 40mm shell-to-shell and the same again in the tail!

Book this amazing nature hike as a day tour if you're in Montenegro! 👉 lake-skadar.com/hiking-tours/

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Nowhere gives a greater sense of freedom than the mountains! With lockdown over here in Monte, our volunteers headed straight up to the rocky, dream landscape of Durmitor to climb 2,393m high Mt Prutaš. It's one of seven dramatic peaks covered on our all-walking holiday! Epic views, carpets of spring flowers and sightings of wild chamois were lying in wait - and it's all still waiting for you.

Everyone needs something to look forward to, so we've made all our adventures easier to book - no penalties for rescheduling and full payment just two weeks before travel!

Visit our website for details - undiscoveredmontenegro.com/search-form-1/walking-holiday-montenegro/
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Man on an activity holiday swimming in a crystal clear, bright blue rock pool near Lake Skadar

Multi-Activity Lake Skadar - 7 days

Kayaking, hiking, wild-swimming and lots more at stunning Lake Skadar!
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Wild Kayaking Lake Skadar - 7 days

A unique experience paddling the beauty of Montenegro's Lake Skadar!
Happy family laughing as they walk through an isolated waterfall we have found on our guided tours.

Family Summer Multi-Activity - 7 days

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

Montenegro Birding - 7 days

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