North West Province, South Africa – World Cup 2010, Big 5 & Sun City

The North West Province of South Africa is situated in the western Magaliesberg and provides plenty to see and do in the popular holiday destinations such as Rustenburg.

Rustenburg, which translated literally means “town of rest”, is the third oldest town of the former Transvaal Province. The city has been chosen as one of the host cities for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2010 and will be staging games at the 40,000 Royal Bafekong Stadium previously used for the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Just half an hour’s drive from here will find you at the glamorous Sun City complex and its enormous range of leisure options. The complex providing an excellent combination of golf, game and gambling, as well as world class hotels, is the perfect choice for any holiday in South Africa. Close by the Pilanesberg Game Reserve provides travellers an excellent chance of spotting the “Big Five”.

To appreciate the history of this area then you should visit Mafikeng and in particular its museum, which has exhibits relating to the Siege of Mafeking, the Barolong people and San (Bushmen) which are interesting. In addition, the pretty towns of Lichtenburg, Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom are of particular interest.

At the Pilanesberg National Park, you will discover the crater of a long extinct volcano with an amazing alkaline complex created from activity over 1290 million years ago. This is one of the largest volcanic complexes in the world and its rare rock structure and type make it a unique geological feature. This area has survived ages of erosion and can be seen high above the surrounding bushveld plains. It is possible to see the early existence of man in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites throughout the park.

On the parks undulating hills and stretching open plains, you can get a glimpse of the ‘Big Five’, an abundance of animals and over 360 bird species. As well as the ‘Big Five’ you may also spot the nocturnal brown hyena, cheetah, hippo, crocodile and even sable.

Crown of Ages (Part 2) – Elemental Resistance, Faster Hit Recovery & In-Destruction – What’s Better?

All Resistances +20-30

This boost to All Resistances might look small compared to those provided by other items, but it is still very, very decent and definitely one of the many plus points of Crown of Ages.

+30% Faster Hit Recovery

When your character gets him, there are a few frames of animation. If your opponent hits you for 1/12 of your hit points or more, you also run the risk of being stunned. Faster Hit Recovery helps your character recover from being hit by their enemies; the more you have, the faster you can recover from blows and dish out your own damage.

Socketed (1-2)

The addition of 1 or 2 sockets in Crown of Ages is wonderful for many players, because it allows for customization of the helm according to the players. If, for example, they decide that they need a bigger boost to All Resistances, they can sock an UM in the helm for a 15% boost to All Resistances. Or if it’s Physical Resistance that you’re after and want more, you can always add a Ber Rune in the helm for an extra 8% of Physical Resistance on top of the Helm’s 10-15%.


With this mod on Crown of Ages, that means you’ll never need to bring it to the blacksmith to have it repaired, because it never reduces in Durability and thus never break down.


The Crown of Ages is a very popular helm among Diablo 2 Players due to all its mods being great and useful and despite its very high Strength requirement. It is also highly customizable due to the 1-2 sockets on it, a mod valued by experienced players as they can equip the helm with a variety of Runes, Jewels or Gems to suit their own favorite playing style or Diablo 2 build. A 2 socket Crown of Ages stuffed with 2 BER Runes for an additional +16% Physical Resistance bonus (on top of the helm’s 10-15% Physical Resistance) is a wonderful option for those who are trying to go for a build that focuses on high levels of Physical Resistance.