Welcome to the Award-Winning New Forest Safari Campers. Based in the heart of the New Forest, we are a dedicated team that brings our skills and expertise together with the aim of providing an unforgettable experience to our customers.
The stunning New Forest has been our home for several generations and we want to share the unique area with everyone. So whether you are after a fun-filled adventure break or a chill-axed holiday the New Forest has something for everyone!!
The Company was formed in November 2012 and now consists of four key team members, Edward Gray; Owner & VW Camper van guru, Karen Collins (Ed’s partner), Amy Loader and Sophie Robertson.
The idea of running a VW campervan hire business had been in the back of Ed’s mind for several years whilst working on his restoration business. And over the years Ed has built up a reputation of restoring bespoke & classic VW Kombi. So when you hire one of our campers you can be assured of a high standard of workmanship, ensuring safety and reliability.
Karen, Ed’s partner is a full time mum to their son, Isaac and also has a full time job. However we’re really lucky, Karen supports the business with her background in marketing, it’s invaluable, and with her finger on the pulse, keeps our website fresh and up to the minute.
As the summer of 2013 approached Ed had 4 Volkswagen bay window campers on fleet and ready for hire. The season started well and the business very quickly moved forward. By the start of 2014 we had increased the camper fleet with a further two (lovingly restored) VW split screens. At the same time Amy joined the camper crazy team. For 4 years Amy has looked after all the day-to-day management of the office and all aspects of customer service. Amy has lived in the local area her whole life that gives her extensive knowledge of the surrounding areas.
At the end of winter 2017 we began to review what we should focus on in the coming months. Amy’s experience in the companies processes, marketing and advertising allowed us to create a new role within the business for her. Meaning Amy’s shoes needed to be filled.
We’re thrilled to welcome a new member to the New Forest Safari Campers family! Sophie has joined our team as our New Customer Service and Sales Advisor. She will be looking after the day-to-day running of our office, and with her extensive admin and customer service knowledge we’re expecting big things from her this summer!
Sophie is a local girl, who grew up in the nearby seaside town of Lymington, who has amazing knowledge of the local area. Ask her for recommendations of local restaurants and which beautiful towns to explore while out on your travels.
With an expanding business and fleet of VW campervans we also had to undertake the restoration of our premises. As we are located in the New Forest National Park we have to adhere to stringent planning regulations. This, of course, did not deter us! During one of the harshest winters on record the build started. It consisted of complete demolishment of existing buildings and sympathetically re-constructing to what you see today. We are super proud of the outcome and I’m sure you will agree!
New Forest VW Safari Campers now stand strong with an impressive fleet of campervans available to hire ranging from the iconic 60’s split screens to the classic early 70’s bay windows and even a modern T5.