About us

Undiscovered Montenegro is a registered UK company with full liability insurance specialising in activity holidays and tours at Lake Skadar, founded by British husband and wife and Lake Skadar residents, Ben and Emma 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 the 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 scenery had been hiding on our own doorstep.

From that moment came our inspiration to bring a taste of safari to one of Europe's wildest wonders. We started out in 2008 by renovating our own property at the lake, Villa Miela, decking it out to meet the high standards of accommodation Western tourists expect. We believe there's no need to sacrifice your creature comforts to satisfy your appetite for adventure on a holiday with us!

Living as locals with our growing young family, we have been welcomed into the community (Montenegrins are incredibly friendly) and have become passionate about putting this wild, unspoilt destination - a protected National Park - on the map. Thanks to low-cost airlines starting to service Podgorica airport (just 25 minutes away), we have recently begun a careful expansion into both northern Montenegro and the Prokletian mountains of Albania, both of which boast epic scenery just a few hours' drive from our lakeside base.

Our business is committed to bringing a responsible, sustainable form of tourism to the National Parks of Montenegro and Albania. These treasure chests of nature deserve no less!

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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, Ben 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 to Asia, Africa and Australia with Emma convinced him that the world had more to offer than just an office. The result was the conviction that he could have a career based around his passions for hiking, kayaking and home-cooking with some of the finest organic ingredients and wines in Europe!

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A seasoned backpacker, Emma's itchy feet have taken her across Africa, Asia, Australia and America in search of adventure and new experiences. She has 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 with husband Ben.

Inspired by Lake Skadar's incredible, ever-changing scenery, Emma is now able to indulge her love of travel, art and photography to the full running Undiscovered Montenegro's holidays. In her spare time she volunteers her publicity skills to local conservation projects and initiatives. She speaks English, Serbian/Montenegrin and French.
Find her on Instagram!

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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 helps to run our tours in Durmitor National Park. 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 some of the national park's hiking trails. She speaks Serbian/Montenegrin and English.
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Matthieu isn't just the newest member of team UM - he's a fully qualified canoe guide with a passion for bushcraft and wilderness survival. Matthieu stopped off at Lake Skadar whilst cycling to Asia from Belgium (for the second time!) and liked it so much he stayed. He speaks English, Flemish/Dutch, French and some Montenegrin.