I've been staying in Dar-es-Salaam for the past few days, reuniting with some friends from Pataya Guest House (see the photos). I even reconnected with a friend I originally met in South Africa while studying in Cape Town. He is now working for Celtel in Dar as an operations manager.
I've been fortunate enough to stay with a family in Kimara at Stopover, about 30 minutes drive (without traffic) from City Center. Most days it takes an hour or more to get there because there are only 7 major roads in and out of Dar.
Kimara is nice, pretty low-key. I noticed a lot of nice new houses built or being built. The roads off the main road are dirt and rock.
The household itself includes: Mama Rose, her husband who works for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, their son, and several in-laws. Rose's sister-in-law stays with them and does most of the cooking. I was taking cold-water bucket-showers for a while.
I did a little sightseeing, saw some amazing examples of early Swahili writing in the Makumbusho Taifa (National Museum) and of course, ate at Steers, the only Western style-fast food I know of in Dar.