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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Kayaking under Montenegro's colourful autumn sky! 🌞Now that our doors have finally been reopened to the United Kingdom, we are so excited to get back to sharing the outstanding natural beauty of Montenegro with our British guests. 🤗 And what better way to do it than with a kayaking trip in stellar sunshine on stunning Lake Skadar? These photos were all taken while out yesterday and on a tour which also gave our guests the chance to forage for wild water chestnuts, see some of the amazing 280 species of birds that call Skadar Lake home and explore the hidden island monastery of St Nikola. 🗺 Fancy joining us for a last-minute October adventure? Book now at the link below - 😁🔗 undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/multi-activity-holiday-lake-skadar/#undiscoveredmontenegro #adventuretime #kayaking ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

The first snow has fallen at Montenegro's main ski centre 'Kolasin' this week, making us wait even more impatiently for winter sports fun! ⛄️ Fast forward to January and we’ll be running our awesome winter holiday again, mixing snowshoeing 👣, skiing ⛷ and snowboarding 🏂 with tobogganing, cheese-tasting and fun for everyone. It’s a brilliant choice for anyone looking for winter adventures off-the-beaten track and with bargain flight prices now available for the new year and February half-term. 😎Find out more and book at:undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/winter-activity-holiday/#undiscoveredmontenegro #winteriscoming ... See MoreSee Less
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🥳 Today's a day to celebrate! Montenegro adventures are back on for our British guests with Montenegro at last removed from the infamous UK red list requiring hotel quarantine. There's even no more Foreign Office advisory against travel here as of today! Read more about it and some of the amazing adventures we have planned you in 2022 in our latest newsletter! - mailchi.mp/c6a440e20a29/a-day-to-celebrate-montenegro-adventures-are-back-on-for-brits#undiscoveredmontenegro #montenegro #adventuretime ... See MoreSee Less
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Still looking for an October half-term getaway which won't break the bank? Now Montenegro is back on the table, our Autumn family adventure at Lake Skadar has got you covered! Come if you love hiking 🥾 and kayaking 🛶 in epic, Hobbit-like landscapes, outdoor swimming (wetsuits if needed), bonfires 🔥 and roasting marshmallows, learning bushcraft, amazing nature including giant pelicans, gentle sun, wispy clouds on mountains, foraging for wild eats like pomegranates, chestnuts and mushrooms and resplendent autumn colours. 🍁 🍂 We currently have full availability due to Montenegro's unexpected removal from the red list (hurray!), so snap up a bargain with our £100pp discount! Full info & booking at: 👉🏽👉🏽 undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/family-lake-adventure-week/ #undiscoveredmontenegro #montenegro #octoberhalfterm #halftermholiday #adventuretime #activityholiday ... 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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Our original adventure loved by everyone! Kayaking, hiking & wild-swimming...
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Kayak, Wild Camp & Bushcraft - 7 days

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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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