Paardeberg is the sister of Paarl Mountain and was given its name due to the Cape Mountain Zebra that used to be found there. Historically, the area was used by the San, and this is evident by rock paintings and artifacts that have been discovered.
Dutch settlers have also left their mark with 1 VOC cannon placed on the mountain for signalling purposes. Today Paardeberg has a special value due to its mountain fynbos, animal life, heritage, and beautiful scenery.
In 1999 a group of church planters began investigating various sites for a Christian Retreat that could augment their family and youth ministries. Once the site on Paardeberg was located Vision in Action was approached, to be the Trustee organization holding title-deed.
A learning team was formed from members of the interested churches to define the future ministries at PMR that would best compliment the needs of the churches and the existing Cape Christian Camping Ministries.
With the ministries defined the following task was to plan the road services and building structures that would be needed to facilitate the various ministries.
It was unanimously agreed that the eventual “vista” of the property was to be as pleasing to the eye as possible while maintaining harmony with the natural surroundings and existing buildings.
The final issue was to develop the structure for managing the ministry…
We give thanks and praise to God for His guidance and provision of the Paardeberg Mountain Retreat and also for His abundant provision of the finances necessary to develop this vision.