AntarcticaArchiveSANAE

     SANAE IV station in Antarctica lies at 71°S, 2°W – 4280 km from East Pier in Cape Town Harbour. SANAE IV base is built at Vesleskarvet, 220 km due South of SANAE III. South Africa occupies a base, SANAE IV, about 200 Km inland and 850 m above sea level on a nunatak […]

AntarcticaArchiveGough IslandMarion Island

“They say food warms hearts. That seems pretty important on a small speck of an island in the middle of the vast South Atlantic Ocean”. Form Gough recipe Booklet “A big part of this year was sharing the preparation of the team meals. Some of us had never really done any cooking. Some were enthusiastic […]

AntarcticaArchiveclothingHistoryMarion Island

     Clothes is an essential item for visiting one of South Africa stations in Antarctica or on Marion and Gough Island. The clothes are protection against the harsh environment and over the years studies have been done to establish how people adapt to the climate. “The use of relatively sophisticated and often complicated, to […]

AntarcticaArchiveDogs

Dog Man’s Best Friend         Charles Kingsley (SANAE 8) write “To work with huskies, giving them food, patting them and riding on the sledge under an icy, blue Antarctic sky while they are pulling, is one of the most exotic and romantic feelings you could imagine. The huskies at SANAE are mainly […]

AntarcticaArchiveartefactGough IslandMarion Island

Communication is a crucial element of survival when you are based at one of the SANAP stations for more than a year. Previous there was no internet and communication was only by telex and radio. In the modern ear there are new options such as email, WhatsApp and more. BUT this will only be possible […]

AntarcticaArchiveFlagsHistoryPhoto Gallery

The South African flag flies at the South Pole. The South Pole was first reached by a Norwegian explorer in 1911. A South African took the South African flag to the South Pole in 1958 as part of Sir Edmund Hillary’s team to cross the continent overland – a journey that took 99 days.  Antarctic Brochure […]

AntarcticaArchive

Antarctic Treaty Explained to South African Children in Indigenous Languages. Can you Identify the countries by the flags on the picture? See how many do you know? Can you find South Africa’s flag on the picture? The entire world has been touched by COVID-19 and countries of the world work together to get to a […]

ArchiveBouvet IslandPhoto GallerySub-Antarctic

Bouvet Island – Bouvetøya(Norwegian) Bouvet Island is an uninhabited sub Antarctic high island and dependency of Norway located in the South Atlantic Ocean at 54°25′S 3°22′E . It lies at the southern end of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and is the most remote island in the world, approximately 2,600 kilometres south-southwest of the coast of South […]

ArchivePhoto GalleryS.A.Agulhas IITristan da Cunha

The Tristan da Cunha Archipelago consists of the main island of Tristan da Cunha, the smaller, uninhabited Nightingale and Inaccessible Islands and Gough Islands. Tristan was first discovered in 1506 by the Portuguese sailor Tristão da Cunha. However, Tristão was unable to land on Tristan because of accessibility difficulties and rough seas. Despite this, Tristão […]

ArchiveEnvironmentGough Island

The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) manage a station on Gough Island as on  Marion Island  and Antarctica. By leasing the land on which the station was built from the United Kingdom government, the South African Weather Service has maintained a continuous presence on the island ever since.  Situated 2 600 km south-west of […]