Watch History meets todays Present Day in the Hunt for Shackleton’s Endurance.

In an article in January 2019 you were introduced to the South Africans on the Weddell Sea...

Marion Island Newsletter December 2020 – Now Available

In this edition: Meet the small team of 8 members - they were the 'original' M77 Thereafter field...

S.A. Agulhas II arrived at Penguin Bukta.

After stormy weather at the dawn of 2021, the SA Agulhas II arrived at Penguin Bukta at 11h30 UTC...

Marion 77 light candles to start 2021!

The Marion 77 Overwintering team celebrated Christmas and New Years eve with a few activities....

SANAE60 on its way to Antarctica.

SANAE 60 departed on 25 December at 22:20 from Cape Town harbour to Antarctica.   Address by...

Cabinet approves the Antarctic and Southern Ocean strategy for South Africa

Media Release by the Department of Environment Forestry and Fisheries -13 December 2020 Cabinet...

SANAP projects 2021-2023

  See more detail of project  here. This schedule will be update on the...

Biogeochemistry Research Infrastructure Platform – Director position available

The Biogeochemistry Research Infrastructure Platform (BIOGRIP) was established in 2019 in terms of...

Gough Island Newsletter November 2020 – Now Available

In this edition: Letter from the team leader Meet the team Read about the rescued crew from the MV...

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Vessels & Stations.


The first South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) departed in 1959.

Gough Island

South Africa has been operating a weather station on Gough Island since 1956.

Marion Island

The Marion base is used mainly for environmental/biological research, and weather data collection.

S.A. Agulhas II

S.A. Agulhas II is a South African ice breaking polar supply and research ship owned by the DEA.


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Expeditions &

Voyages to Antarctica, Marion Island and Gough Island take place annually to replenish supplies and exchange personnel.

Team Structure.


The Voyage.

Living at the Station.

Locations of Operations.

Cape Town Gough Island Marion Island SANAE IV

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The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) consists of three stations, countless research projects, and a history of dedicated team members.

Team Photos.




Team Photos.

Browse our team photo libraries for SANAE, Marion Island and Gough Island.


As a biodiversity hotspot, scientific activities in Antarctica, the islands and the Southern Ocean have never been more exciting.


The latest newsletters from SANAE, Marion Island and Gough Island. 


The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) manages three stations.

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