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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We’re always excited to see the beauty of Autumn arrive 🍁, so we headed out yesterday to forage for mushrooms and cook them up by an incredible viewpoint of the Cijevna Canyon known as the Falcon's Throat. 🍄

Tucked away in the central mountains, the Korita region is little-known and hardly visited - yet it has a fascinating history as home to one of Montenegro's last remaining tribes, the Kuči. 👣

Seeing it in autumn colours was such a treat, while the nutty flavour of those wild mushrooms, cooked up with eggs from our own hens, was divine. Thanks to our guide Radonja for an amazing experience you could enjoy too on one of our nature-based holidays next year! 😄

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We can't help finding more undiscovered gems in Montenegro, like Haj Nehaj fortress just a short drive or train ride from our Lake Skadar base! 🤩

A sunny autumn afternoon was perfect for visiting these bewitching hilltop ruins with our family. Winding our way up through ancient chestnut forest, the views of the Adriatic sea, rocky mountains and coastal town of Bar were breathtaking. At the top, we found an ancient church which hinted at the site of something older - Illyrian perhaps? The whole place breathed with forgotten history. ✨

Watching the sun go down over a seafood meal at a nearby beach, we realised that once again we'd found a perfect experience for our lake guests to enjoy on a free day. 🙌

Come and discover amazing Lake Skadar and its surroundings with us, your expert local hosts, next year! 👉
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🌱 GREEN PRESCRIPTION 🌱 - make sure to get your daily dose of nature today, World Mental Health Day, and always!

The World Health Organization has identified ten ways in which nature impacts positively on our physical and mental health. Spending time in national parks and green spaces encourages physical activity, psychological relaxation, better bonds with family and friends... And it’s eco too. Win, win! 🛶☀️🥾😄

We call it “nature therapy” and it’s a big part of our activity holidays and adventures, which all take place in the wilds of Montenegro’s five stunning national parks. 👣

The photo is from the other month, kayaking on the amazing Lake Skadar with @twomonkeystravel

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It's a wrap! 🎬

Our 2020 season has now closed, and despite the challenges we signed off with 100% five-star reviews, a Travelers' Choice award and another Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor! 🥇🥇

It turns out we've been practicing social distancing 😷 all along with our adventures away from the crowds - so when travel restrictions eventually ease, we'll be here to give you a good dose of nature therapy in 2021!

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Thanks to those of you who have emailed, facebooked and instagrammed messages of support. Thanks to all of you following us on social media, for giving us thumbs-up, likes and hearts, it has really helped keep our spirits up! Thanks to those of you who have stuck by us and postponed your holiday to 2021 - and of course, thanks to those of you who did actually make the trip out to Montenegro to stay with us this year and left us such great feedback!

We are already looking forward to next season, ready to share these amazing places and experiences with you!

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Despite the success of our gong yoga retreat the other weekend, it’s not all vegan raw food experiences at Villa Miela! Sometimes, you have to swing in the opposite direction and embrace the best dish to come out of the Balkans – peka – or sač as we call it in Montenegro.

Ever since we bought our second home on Vis island and spent time with the legend that is Oliver Roki, we’ve loved peka/sac - an ancient dish where meat, veggies and herbs are slow-cooked under a heavy iron lid covered with embers.

Find out how Ben got on replicating these delicious Mediterranean flavours in our latest blog post - or come try it as an activity with us next year!

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Holidays

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Lake Skadar Multi Activity - 7 days

Our original adventure loved by everyone! Kayaking, hiking & wild-swimming...
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Wild Camping and Bushcraft Kayaking - 7 days

Get closer to nature on this unique adventure!
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Happy family laughing as they walk through an isolated waterfall we have found on our guided tours.

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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