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 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, 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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4 days ago

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Meanwhile in Montenegro - the sun's been shining ☀️, the snow's on the mountains 🏔, Emma tried skiing for the first time in 30 years ⛷ and Ben's been perfecting toe-side turns on his snowboard.🏂

It's easy to forget the pandemic up at Kolasin ski centre aside from the face masks, sanitiser and distancing we've all become so used to. ☺️ The crowd is, as it's always been, almost all locals enjoying the tremendous gifts of alpine mother nature. We wish you could be here! 🍀

Montenegro is a World Travel & Tourism Council-approved #SafeTravels destination. Borders are open, no PCR test needed to visit, while cafes, restaurants and tourist accommodations are functioning with epidemiological measures in place. In winter or summer, it's simply the most amazing place for an active escape in nature. Come visit us when you can! 😄

Available to book now - undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/winter-activity-holiday/

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Blue Monday started out white here at Villa Miela - and following a day of snow-based fun in the mountains. 😄 We wonder if we should keep sharing such pretty pictures knowing so many of you are in strict lockdown. What do you think? Not everyone gets to live by gorgeous mountains and lakes, but we hope by seeing them, you'll be inspired to come visit when travel's possible.


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This week’s cold snap is bringing back memories of the chill and thrill of summertime dips in icy rock-pools. 🧜🏿‍♀️ Plunging into the cool blue water; rising to the surface to realise that yes, we can handle this. Each time it brings a childish joy and enhanced sensation which is completely addictive! 😄

The health benefits of cold water swimming are well-known. Let us introduce you to some incredible hidden spots to do it on our Lake Skadar activity holiday (which also includes plenty of warm water swimming, kayaking and hiking). ☀️🛶👣

Full booking & info at: undiscoveredmontenegro.com

While you're stuck at home, don't miss out. Take a cold shower or even plunge into a cold bath for a minute, then two! 😉🥶

Thanks to our 2020 volunteers Beth and Sam for capturing our favourite secret pools so beautifully.

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2 weeks ago

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In Montenegro, things are easing up a little after a period of strict restrictions. 😅 We headed out to celebrate with a snowshoe hike yesterday and the chance to catch-up with our wilderness kayak guide (and ski tour professional) Gigo. Those snowy mountains are hard to resist, while active adventure makes everyone feel better. 😎

Montenegro's borders are now fully open to all with no need for a PCR test. ‼️ We hope, when the time is right, more of you can take advantage to visit us and enjoy some nature-based fun in one of Europe's wildest, friendliest countries. We have some amazing discounts to offer and fully flexible booking. 🙌

Find out more at: www.undiscoveredmontenegro.com

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2 weeks ago

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Having not made an appearance in what feels like weeks, the sun managed to rise and shine rather splendidly at the lake this morning. Obligatory stop to marvel at nature and take a photo. 🤩 ... See MoreSee Less

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Man on an activity holiday swimming in a crystal clear, bright blue rock pool near Lake Skadar
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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.
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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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