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, 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

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

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

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

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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Watch the magic of Lake Skadar unfold in 60 seconds! The incredible beauty of this national park is something we've been sharing for a decade now, tracking down the best and often least-known spots to create amazing adventures in untouched beauty. We call it 'nature therapy' and never has it been more needed than this year. Or next!

To all our guests who were sadly forced to postpone holidays with us this year, we can't wait to share this remarkable place with you in 2021.

To everyone who sees this post, enjoy watching & come visit when you can!

For more info on Lake Skadar & our adventures here, visit undiscoveredmontenegro.com/lake-skadar-national-park/

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Is this the New Travel? We just finished a fantastic week with our wonderful guests, social distancing in the best way possible – all aboard kayaks and carrying everything we needed to explore the wild wonder of Lake Skadar over five days.

From Okavango Delta-like green waterways to the big shimmering blue of the vast open lake, we saw barely a soul over 60km of paddling, wild camping and amazing views. A bushcraft camp and moonlight paddle topped off this escape into nature, which we're running again this week for more adventurous British guests!

Fancy this escape yourself? Our holidays are fully flexible this year to cancel or postpone last minute, while Montenegro's borders are open to EU & UK nationals. 🙌 More details at:

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They kayaked on Lake Skadar's vast, empty waters, bathed in hidden rockpools and waterfalls, visited remote wineries and island monasteries, hiked along mossy shaded trails and were more likely to bump into tortoises than people! For our latest guests at Villa Miela, visiting an undiscovered, isolated area of Montenegro with no confirmed cases of Covid-19 to this date made sense. We are so grateful to them for coming from England and wish them well with their two weeks of self-isolation – a chance to relax after active adventures in sunny Montenegro!

We are open and following Covid-19 protocols to deliver active, socially-distanced holidays immersed in nature which are fully flexible to cancel or postpone at short notice! Find out more about our Lake Skadar escape by visiting: undiscoveredmontenegro.com/search-form-1/multi-activity-holiday-lake-skadar/

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Welcome to our new guests, who yesterday set off with Ben into the watery wilderness of Lake Skadar National Park for 5 whole days of outdoor kayaking adventures. 🛶🌿⠀
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They’ll cover over 55km in the next week, paddling through swathes of reeds and lily pads while learning bushcraft skills and camping wild under the starry skies ✨⛺⠀
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A perfect way to embrace social distancing on holiday and an eco choice too! 🌱⠀
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We've made booking for this year completely flexible, so find out more about our Lake Skadar Kayaking, Wild Camping & Bushcraft week and plan your escape in nature! Our adventures run until late Autumn. 🙌

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ADVENTURE TIME! We just took a trip to one of the remotest corners of Montenegro for an adrenalin-packed paddle on the rapids of the bright blue Tara river. Although we've sent countless guests to do this on our Montenegro mountains adventures, we're always too busy at the lake in summer to go ourselves. Not this year! We were blown away by the stupendous natural beauty all around, including our drive through umpteen rock tunnels along the gorgeous Piva lake and canyon. The rafting itself was exhilarating and so much fun (whoops of joy from our nine year old)!

If this looks like your kind of outdoor fun, take advantage of our early bird special offers and book a Montenegrin adventure for 2021! More details at: undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tour-category/multi-activity-holidays/

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Kayak, Wild Camp & Bushcraft Stunning Lake Skadar - 7 days

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