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 snowboarding, kayaking, occasional carpentry and organic home-cooking.


Gigo

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

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

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

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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2 days ago

What a successful day!A massive thank you to everyone who came out to the clean-up yesterday. Without your help we would never have covered so much ground and picked up two trailers worth of litter. Simply amazing! 🚯👏With today being European Day of Parks, there seems no better time to highlight the importance of keeping Lake Skadar National Park pristine and beautiful. A clean park means a healthier and more vibrant habitat for wildlife, and what can be better than that? 🌿🏞️NVO Nasa akcija / NGO Our actionSkadar lake - boat MilicaOcistiMENacionalni parkovi Crne Gore / National parks of Montenegro#undiscoveredmontenegro #virpazar #lakeskadar #EuropeanDayofParks #OčistiME #sustainabletourism #montenegrowildbeauty ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

How about starting your day by kayaking gently through an endless blanket of waterlilies? 🛶🏞️Lake Skadar, and its interconnecting river system, is renowned not only for its bird life but also for its European waterlilies. Lucky for our current nature-loving guests a paddle down the Karatuna river meant they could see them in their full glory 🌞May is the beginning of the waterlilies’ bloom and they will continue to flower right through until October 💮If you're looking for a fun, outdoor adventure holiday you can find out more information in the link below ⬇️undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tour-category/kayaking-canoeing-holidays/#undiscoveredmontenegro #lakeskadar #activityholiday #adventuretime ... See MoreSee Less
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The month of May is one of our favorite times of year. The weather is getting warmer, days are getting longer and flowers are blooming. It’s also a fab time for foraging. Out on our hikes we have been busy foraging for wild asparagus, as well as garlic flowers, camomile, sage and elderflower. 🌺🌿🌱There’s something very satisfying about foraging in the wild. Perhaps because it connects us with our ancestral roots… Or maybe because it’s free? 😆 and delicious. Wild asparagus is one of our favourites. It is packed with health-boosting nutrients including folate and vitamines A, C and K. Rich in fibre, it promotes regularity and digestive health. This week’s group at Lake Skadar have been enjoying their asparagus in the form of an omelette, using fresh eggs from our chickens 🥚🐓 Follow the link to see 3 of our favourite asparagus recipes - undiscoveredmontenegro.com/wild-asparagus-three-ways/#foraging #Lakeskadar#UndiscoveredMontenegro #ecolodge ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

Yoga holidays and the rich nature of Lake Skadar National Park are a match made in heaven! Even more so with our June retreat chef just confirmed (welcome onboard Cooks of Kotor!). If you’re looking for total escape and a complete reset of mind and body, snap up one of the last three spots on our 19 June yoga week with Marnie Yoga, based at gorgeous Villa Miela Lake Retreat. Our 5 June yoga week is sold-out. Eating delicious food, taking morning workshops on the deck, kayaking, hiking, dipping in waterfalls or simply lounging around the pool - this is nature therapy at its best! 🦋Beginners and advanced yogis welcome. 🙂 More details at: undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/montenegro-yoga-activity-holiday/#undiscoveredmontenegro #villamiela #yogaretreat #montenegro ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Lake Skadar is one of Europe’s wildest wonders, but it needs some help to keep its shores, trails and roadsides pristine! If you’re in Montenegro on 23 May, come join us at a community clean-up at lake village Virpazar and surrounding areas. The litter pick is happening from 10-12.30 and afterwards there’ll be food, drinks and free kayaking. There are also plentiful boat tour companies to take you cruising on the lake’s tranquil waters. We’re one of the organisers of this event, along with other local businesses and NGOs. Find out more details in the event here on our Facebook page - fb.me/e/1NINxqCaoIf you're a local business or citizen wanting to get involved, send us a DM or get in touch with any of our co-organisers – NVO Nasa akcija / NGO Our action, OcistiME, Skadar lake - boat Milica and Restaurant Crmnicki Vinotok.Photos from this time last year. Isn't May pretty? See you at the lake! #undiscoveredmontenegro #responsibletravel #sustainabletourism #cleanup #OcistiME #montenegrowildbeauty Nacionalni parkovi Crne Gore / National parks of Montenegro ... See MoreSee Less
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Man enjoying Multi activity holiday swimming in a crystal clear, bright blue rock pool near Lake Skadar

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Kayak, Wild Camp & Bushcraft - 7 days

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Family Mountains Multi Activity - 7 days

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Birdwatching Montenegro - 7 days

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