Celebrating International Antarctica Day – 1 December.

International Antarctic Day is celebrated on the 1st December. On this day in 1959 the Antarctic...

Goodbye to Film Crew on Marion Island from Marion77.

During September, the Department of Environment Forestry and Fisheries(DEFF) approved an...

Early Career Opportunity with Weddell Sea Working Group

Dr. Sarah Fawcett of the Department of Oceanography at University of Cape Town is part of the...

Electronics Engineer position available at Marion Island 2021/2022

Current engineer at Marion Island is Stephanus Schoeman: "One of the five Marion Island...

2021-2022 Marion Island Applications Open

Applications now open for Marion Island 2021-2022 season. Visit the Jobs page to see vacancies....

SURVEY: Impacts of COVID-19 on Antarctic Research

The SCAR-Executive approved support for work to be undertaken by the Standing Committee on the...

September Saturday Student: Heather Forrer

Heather Forrer completed her undergraduate BSc degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in...

September Friday Freelancer – Mariëtte Wheeler

Mariëtte Wheeler – regular freelancer for Antarctic Legacy of South Africa was born and bred a...

GOUGH 66 departed for Gough Island on 19 September 2020.

Gough Island is located at 40°S, 9°W – 2600 km from East Pier, Cape Town Harbour. (Image above by...

DEFF: International Series to be filmed on Marion Island

Department of Environment Forestry and Fisheries Media Release: International wildlife documentary...

Live more

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.


Take a Tour

Explore more

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

Learn more


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.

What’s happening

Latest News.

Experience more


Do more




See more


Visit the South African Government's COVID-19 Information page at sacoronavirus.co.za