ABOUT US

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!


MEET THE TEAM

Emma

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.


Ben

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

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

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

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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This time last Friday we were just setting off on one of Europe's most spectular hiking trails - the pass from Valbona to Theth, high up in the Albanian Alps. We decided to capture the epic beauty we experienced on video, so hope you enjoy watching. 🙂 The 17km trail is a moderate level hike, so suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and appetite for adventure! Find out more at undiscoveredmontenegro.com/search-form-1/multi-activity-holiday-best-of-albania/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Albania Adventures Part Two - the epic hike from Valbona to Theth! Not only does Albania have amazing lakes, it has Alps too - spectacular ones known as the 'Cursed Mountains', with hidden mountain villages and passes. We usually send our guests to hike this 17km trail the other way round, but it's equally as impressive the way we tried it last week.

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Albania Adventures Part One - the stupendous natural beauty of Lake Koman. 🙌 We've been sending our guests across the border for years because, well, Albania looks like this!

All photos from our cruise on Lake Koman's epic sapphire waters last Thursday as part of our 3-7 day Best of Albania Tour. It's the perfect add-on to one of our Montenegro lake or mountains holidays...

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7 days ago

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Just 5 more days until Kayak Fest Tara, a brilliant event for kayakers of all levels to celebrate the incredible wild rivers of Montenegro. We’re really happy to again be a sponsor & encourage everyone who can to register at www.kayakfest.me - this could be your best paddling adventure yet!Organizing @kayakfest in Montenegro is not easy, but we do it with passion and love... Finding support is really hard, but luckily there are some companies that are responsible and understand the importance of events like this, so we wanted to say thanks to @blackmountainmontenegro & @undiscoveredmontenegro for your generous support!
We really appreciate your help!
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2 weeks ago

Undiscovered Montenegro

Our base for activities, Lake Skadar valley, just happens to be the gorgeous heart of Montenegro's wine country! We've been busy showing off some of our favourite local vintners to our lake guests this week and last. Cheers all round! 🍷🍷

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Holidays

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!

Family Multi-Activity Holiday - Montenegro 7 days

A multi-active mountains adventure for the whole family!

Montenegro Birding Holiday 7 days

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