ABOUT US

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!


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, 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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COVID TRAVEL RULES EXPLAINED! WELCOME TO MONTENEGRO! 🇲🇪🤗Confused about whether you can enter Montenegro? Not sure what you’ll need to do to get back home? 🤔 Don’t worry – our simple infographics have got you covered, whether you’re planning to travel from England (from May 17th) 🇬🇧, Germany 🇩🇪, France 🇫🇷 or Switzerland 🇨🇭. NB. all info subject to change and with research ongoing to include more countries as travel opens up!The most important thing to say is that Montenegro and we are open for holidays! Covid-19 case levels have fallen dramatically here, while the vaccination programme is continuing apace. 🙌 It’s why Montenegro is now green list for some of Europe’s biggest countries, while from Monday, it will be amber for England, meaning travel here will be allowed at long last. ✅ We’re ready to welcome you on our adventures! Let us know if you’re facing mandatory Covid tests to holiday with us and we’ll go halves with you on the cost. Safe travels! 🧳😄More info on our Coronavirus travel policy and booking at: ⬇️undiscoveredmontenegro.com/coronavirus-poli…flexible-booking/ #undiscoveredmontenegro #safetravel #adventuretime ... See MoreSee Less
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On World Migratory Bird day yesterday, more than a hundred volunteers including us gathered to clean-up our local wetland, Lake Skadar. 🙌 More than a million European and Asian birds fly over the lake and its connected deltas during spring and winter migration, so no surprises it's one of Europe’s top five sites for migratory birds! 🦅Protecting the world’s wetlands is massively important as we fight against further species loss and the climate crisis. Altogether, more than 350 waste bags were filled yesterday, removing an assortment of dumped plastic and metal garbage from the grasses, reeds and rocky shorelines used by birds to nest, breed and rear young. It shows the power of people determined to make a difference and protect our wild spaces. Thanks to everyone who came and helped! 💪💚OcistiMEJelena Boat Milica Konoba BadanjSave Skadar Lake - Spasimo Skadarsko JezeroNVO Nasa akcija / NGO Our actionMontagna Travel MontenegroNacionalni parkovi Crne Gore / National parks of Montenegro#undiscoveredmontenegro #cleanup #OcistiME #trashtagmontenegro #WMBD2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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The glorious month of May has arrived! Everything’s bright & alive, from lizards (we found this green one hanging by the courtyard) to last night’s fiery sky. All snaps/video taken yesterday at our beautiful Villa Miela. 🦎 🌅 Stay here on your next adventure! Full info & booking at: undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/multi-activity-holiday-lake-skadar/#undiscoveredmontenegro #wonderful_places ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Who needs a dose of Vitamin Sea? ☀️ 🌊 We took the chance to load up yesterday, enjoying stunning scenes & zero crowds at our fave beach at the nearby Adriatic coast. The water temperature’s 18 degrees already - perfect for a splash - and with the freshest of seafood meals to follow thanks to the brilliant team at Galija restaurant! 💦 🦞 International travel is opening up! Montenegro welcomes anyone with a negative PCR test or two vaccine doses to come and enjoy its magical mix of sea, lakes and mountains - and so do we! 🏖 🛶⛰Find out more at www.undiscoveredmontenegro.com #undiscoveredmontenegro #adriaticsea ... 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!
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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!
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Birdwatching Montenegro - 7 days

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