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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18 hours ago

We're enjoying summer family adventures at Villa Miela Lake Retreat, with Coco, our dog, along too! Our remaining August spots are going fast, but we still have some last-minute availability, especially next week. Who's in? Details below. 😎#lastminute #familyholiday ... See MoreSee Less
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Who says you can’t go hiking when it’s 40 degrees? With our hike and wild swim adventures around Lake Skadar, you absolutely can! ☀️🥾💦The pictures are from the other day, exploring the old caravanserai trails by Virpazar with our latest Lake Activity guests. With a gorgeous rushing river to plunge into and a rest stop to enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch up in the hill village, this was one magical day. 😁Thanks to our local hosts Tanja and Dragan for their warm welcome and the chance to taste their delicious home produce. Honey and home-cooked 'priganice' dough balls for starters - yum! 😋 We run this nature-packed tour every week though summer (hello tortoises and butterflies!). The next one’s happening this Friday. If you’d like to join, DM us, book online or be our guest at Villa Miela Lake Retreat. 🐢 🦋 🥾 Hiking day info & booking - lake-skadar.com/hiking-tours🥾 Villa Miela info & booking - undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/multi-activity-holiday-lake-skadar#undiscoveredmontenegro #adventuretime ... See MoreSee Less
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New adventures await with Undiscovered Montenegro! 👣 We’ve been out testing some cracking new ways to escape the crowds in time for all the guests and families who are at last able to holiday with us this summer! ☀️ The pics are from a sea-kayaking trip we’re adding as a family-friendly option for our Lake Skadar multi-activity holiday. Our kids gave it a massive thumbs-up last week and with the start point only a 20-minute drive from our Lake Skadar base, Villa Miela Lake Retreat. 👍 🛶 As always, there’s something for everyone. Ben even found a rock-pool tunnel where you can swim out to the sea with just a snorkel (only suitable for those with big lungs and no fear!). 🏊‍♂️ Picnicking at a hidden cove with no-one there but us made us feel ridiculously smug in late July (the coast’s main beach resorts are heaving!). 😎 If this looks like your kind of fun, we still have some last-minute availability for our summer lake activity holiday (couples/solos also welcome!). Get in touch if the dates and deals below look good! 😄☀️ w/c 1 August – 4 spots (now half price – also open to shorter stays)☀️ w/c 8 August – 4 spots (£200 off per person – Easyjet flight currently £189.00)☀️ w/c 29 August – 8 spots (£200 off per person + Ryanair flight currently £35.99)Full info & booking at: undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/multi-activity-holiday-lake-skadar/#undiscoveredmontenegro #lastminute #escapethecrowds #activityholiday ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

5-star reviews on TripAdvisor for our latest kayaking tours at Lake Skadar, with “perfect” being the watch word! 🌟 Our next paddle is this Wednesday - kayaking from the fishing village of Virpazar to a hidden lake beach surrounded by water lilies. We especially love this trip in the hot summer for its perfect combo of amazing lake landscapes, smooth water, cool 70m deep Spring for swimming and delicious fresh fish lunch prepared by the loveliest of local hosts. 🛶 ☀️ Watch our video of this tour for a virtual paddle, then message us or book online if you’d like to join in the fun. We welcome beginners and more experienced kayakers but you must know how to swim! 😎🛶 Check out our TripAdvisor reviews at: www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1232143-d4400462-Reviews-Undiscovered_Montenegro-Virpazar_...🛶 Book the tour at: lake-skadar.com/kayaking-tours/🛶 Watch our video at: youtu.be/Ag1KV92GtTw🐸 We operate safe adventures! All equipment is cleaned and disfected before use, while distancing is easy in kayaks, leaving you to relax and enjoy the rhythm of your paddle and the song of nature. #undiscoveredmontenegro #kayaking #travelmontenegro ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s looking like a summer bursting with adventure, with lots of bookings and last-minute enquiries still coming in! ✌️If you’re an outdoors-mad, adrenalin-loving active couple, group of friends or family with teenagers, we have four spots left to snap up on our 15th August Super Active Small Group Holiday. This epic 7 days combines five amazing activities to take you canyoning, kayaking, cycling, hiking and rafting across Montenegro’s incredible rivers, canyons, lakes and mountains! 🏞 🛶 🚴‍♀️ 🥾💦 With our fully flexible booking terms and conditions, it’s a no-brainer for anyone looking for a physical challenge on holiday set in some of Europe’s finest, wildest scenery! 😎🔝❣️Watch our video for a virtual tour and book it with our current special deal - £50 off per person, half of any tests involved for your holiday, plus our help to find crazily cheap summer flight deals like Ryanair’s current £69 offer, Stansted-Podgorica. ⬇️#undiscoveredmontenegro #outdoors #adventuretravel Filming by @Undiscovered Montenegro Video production by Gonza Agostino ... 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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£100pp off!

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.
£100pp off!

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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