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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Little known fact: Montenegro is one of Europe's bird hotspots! We have 65% of Europe's bird species right here in this tiny, beautiful country - that's 348 registered species in a landmass just a little bigger than Yorkshire. No surprises that our recent bird-watching groups were delighted. Photos with thanks to guest Jan Willem Steffelaar and guides Andrej Vizi and Mihailo Jovicevic.

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6 days ago

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We always pick the best weather day to take our guests kayaking. Last Wednesday was a corker - perfect conditions for a trip to the remote island monasteries of Beška and Moračnik and a cheeky dip in the lake. Pics by Curiously Erin, who was along for the paddle. 😎 🛶 ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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All you need is a great guide - and this week our guests got two as our brother/sister mountaineers, Vuk and Bojana, took them to climb giant mount Rumija. The weather conditions were perfect for hiking (no rain for a start! 😉), while wild flowers and heady herbs were out in abundance. Photos by our lovely volunteers Erin and Ben. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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As if to repay us for some truly wet weather, the last two days have also given us glimpses of some extreme natural beauty right from our door at Villa Miela. Today, the sun is out, the clouds are gone and our guests are out climbing the sacred Mount Rumija! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Hiking in the northern section of the national park on Tuesday felt like visiting the rainforest - hot flashes of sun & “thumps” of rain, vivid greens on grey, toads & wildlife everywhere and scraping past lush vegetation to reach hidden caves and pools. An awesome day with our lovely guests from Sweden. ... See MoreSee Less

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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!

Multi-Activity Holiday - Lakes and Mountains 7 days

A dual lake and mountains experience for the whole family!

Montenegro Birding Holiday 7 days

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