1st August Celebrating Marine Protected Area Day – South Africa : Prince Edward Islands

The 1st of August 2021 represents Africa’s first ever Marine Protected Area Day. “A Marine...

Marion Island Newsletter – June 2021 edition now available

In this edition: Meet the 78th Marion Island Overwintering Team (2021 - 2022) New killer whale...

The Mouse-Free Marion Project

Marion Island (29 000 hectares) and Prince Edward (4500 hectares), collectively known as the...

SCAR Life Sciences Involvement in SO Decade and COP26

  Life Sciences members, "SCAR is involved with several programs for which we would like your...

Celebrating International Day of the Seafarer 2021

  On the 25th June, we celebrate International Day of the Seafarer and recognise the...

2021 Midwinter Greetings from – SANAE 60, Marion 78, Gough 66

MidWinter greetings to all South Africans involved in the South African National Antarctic...

Celebrating World Albatross Day 2021

World Albatross Day 2021 is finally here! In May 2019, The Agreement of Conservation of...

South African Youth Day – Celebrating our SANAP Students

Today 16 June 2021 on South African Youth Day we congratulate the students within SANAP community...

World Oceans Day 2021 – Together for a Sustainable Future

United Nations World Oceans Day, is celebrated every year on the 8th June and this day serves as a...

SANAP celebrates World Environment Day 2021

World Environment Day 2021 will see the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: “TEN...

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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.

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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.

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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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The Mouse-Free Marion Project

The Mouse-Free Marion Project

Marion Island (29 000 hectares) and Prince Edward (4500 hectares), collectively known as the Prince Edward Islands (PEIs) were annexed by South Africa in December 1947 and...

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