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

Hiking by day, wine by night – sounds like our kind of holiday! 🍷🥾 We’ve been in on Montenegro’s secret for a long time, so it’s great to see our adventures get a mention in a new travel article by Sarah Faith for Euronews. Sarah writes about our kayaking day trips as a way to support Dalmatian Pelican conservation, but of course by choosing one of our multi-day tours, your trip will give even more back to Montenegro’s rich nature - while hiking, kayaking and drinking wine of course. 🛶☀️Nature positive holidays are the way forward!➡️ Read Sarah’s article: my.mtr.cool/yyltpqmixn➡️ Read about our nature & community positive actions: my.mtr.cool/wzyporbdquThe photos are from one of our epic kayaking trips to visit Lake Skadar’s Dalmatian Pelicans (only ever with permission, at a strictly limited time once the fledglings are big). Breeding season is starting soon, so we wish the colony luck after sadly failed efforts last time.🤞#undiscoveredmontenegro #LakeSkadar #DalmatianPelican #sustainabletravel ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

We recently published a blog post with a recipe to make one of the yummiest, best bits of Balkan cuisine – dough balls! In Montenegro, we call them priganice (preeganitseh), but they’re also known as uštipci in Croatia and Serbia. 😋 Round ones, flat ones, lumpy ones, or even ones with a tail, it doesn’t matter how they turn out, they’re always delicious with organic honey and some village cheese! Feta from the supermarket will do if your neighbours don’t specialise in keeping cows and goats. 😉 🐐🐄FIND THE RECIPE HERE and enjoy the video (with thanks to our friend Tanja at Dajković Honey Farm!). ⬇️ undiscoveredbalkans.com/a-recipe-for-priganice/#undiscoveredmontenegro #foodie #recipe ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Turn this Black Friday White by transporting yourself to the gorgeous snowy mountains of Montenegro! 🏂To celebrate the first proper snow arriving this week 🙌, we're offering £50 off per person for bookings made for our Winter Activity Holiday by Xmas Eve! Surprise your partner, friends or family with this trip delighting any winter lover looking adventure, fun and a more authentic experience! As featured by the Daily Telegraph:❄️ Escape the crowds to hike and snowshoe in pristine mountains ❄️ Ski, snowboard and sled at friendly local resorts – beginners welcome! ❄️ Night hike under the stars ❄️ Relax in cute chocolate-box cabins, Kolasin-style ❄️ Experience warm Montenegrin hospitality and delicious traditional food and bevvies! Dare to be different this winter! Dare to delight with experiences not things!Hit the link below to learn more about our winter multi-activity offer 👉https://undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/winter-activity-holiday/.#undiscoveredmontenegro #montenegro #winterholiday #blackfriday ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Everything about our trip was perfection... All the activities were brilliant - a hiking and sightseeing tour, a boat trip on the lake, a kayak safari and a walk to a waterfall... we truly discovered the undiscovered Montenegro that was promised! If you’re tempted, just book it as you won’t regret it!"Just a snippet of our guest Sue's glowing 5 star review about our Lake Skadar Activity Holiday on TripAdvisor, which she titled, "Even my 18 year old thought it was awesome" (and as we all know, teenagers can be the hardest to please, so we're extra chuffed to hear it, thank you Sue!).You can read Sue's full review at the following link. my.mtr.cool/qmqmibchmzFinding a holiday to suit your older kids can be tricky, but our multi-active adventures are the answer. There's genuinely something for everyone, even the grandparents if they're outdoorsy types! 🥾🛶Get organised and book ahead while we still have our early worm offer on - £100 off per person on reservations made for Lake Skadar by 31 December 2022! Find out more at the link below....👉 my.mtr.cool/qbimpkqdzt #undiscoveredmontenegro #LakeSkadar #activityholiday #familytravel ... See MoreSee Less
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Fly me to the moon, or at least to Montenegro! ✈️And it’s getting easier from the UK – earlier this month Wizz Air started a new budget service from London Luton to Montenegro flying twice weekly, while Jet2 has announced new 2023 flights from Manchester to Tivat from May! 🙌 This on top of new Easyjet Manchester flights serving Tivat this year and the existing Ryanair and Easyjet services from London.Arriving at an exotic holiday destination is always a thrill, as are aerial views like these ones we snapped flying into Podgorica airport earlier this week (having an incredible wetland slap bang next to the airport helps). Montenegro is still unfortunately pricey and time-consuming to reach by train/ferry from Britain. Make your decision to fly count by offsetting and choosing a sustainable travel company like us supporting local people and place. Here are some of our actions:✅ Small groups, locally led✅ Nature positive tours and operations✅ Supporting & involving the local community ✅ Only using small, locally-owned accommodation partners✅ Book to Give Back scheme donating to handpicked local conservation projectsFind out more about how to travel to Montenegro in the link below! undiscoveredmontenegro.com/how-to-get-to-montenegro/#undiscoveredmontenegro #montenegro #traveladvice ... 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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